WHAT ARE SOME THINGS THAT CAN CONTAMINATE A LOAD?
- PLASTIC BAGS - plastic bags and film get tangled in machinery.
- FOOD SOILED ITEMS - soiled items will turn an entire load of recycling into trash (RINSE YOUR ITEMS)
- WET PAPER-please try to keep your recyclables dry
- E-waste- E-waste can be recycled but NOT CURBSIDE please bring E-waste to DPW recycling yard
- TANGLERS- Rubber hoses & wires can shut down an entire recycling center
- HAZARDOUS MATERIAL- can cause serious injury to workers
WHY THE SUDDEN CRACK-DOWN ON CONTAMINATION?
In 2017 China began to limit the quantity of material it accepts for recycling and in 2018 added specific contamination limits. The significant changes are affecting the recycling industry world-wide. As a result, our focus on quality is higher than ever, as we work to ensure long-term sustainability of our recycling programs.
Key points to keep in mind with plastic recyclables:
- ALWAYS look for recycling sign indicating numbers 1 or 2
- ALWAYS rinse out containers (plastic, glass & aluminum).
- NEVER place your recyclables in plastic bags when putting out for curbside collections
- ALL recyclables MUST be in a clearly marked recycling container.
- CONTAMINATED RECYCLING WILL NOT BE PICKED UP AND WILL BE LEFT CURBSIDE.
One of the easiest ways to help is to NOT put your recyclables in plastic grocery bags or clear garbage bags.
WHEN IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT.