Happy Earth Day--Let's get to work!

22 Apr 2019 3:49 PM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

 Two things you can do starting now: 

Clean it up. The primary need is to reduce contamination. Current contamination levels of 25% are typical. This greatly increases the processing cost and reduces the value of the market bound material.  

  • Messaging about what to recycle must be more clear.
  • There is a need to focus on the targeted material types.
  • Get back to the basics we all understand. Bottles, cans, cartons, cups, and clean paper.
  • Keep the food, foam and film (bags) out of the bin. 
  • Tanglers and junk, such as cords, hoses, string lights, coat hangers, don’t belong in the bin!
  • When in doubt, check the local public works website for information.

Increase participation. Increasing participation will also reduce the cost per ton. A focused outreach program to encourage recycling is needed.

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