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Posted on: April 18, 2018

Back to the Basics - Curbside Recycling Pickup

Back to the Basics - Curbside Recycling Pickup

Many municipalities around the country will acknowledge the 48th celebration of Earth Day on Sunday, April 22nd, by highlighting their recycling programs. It’s a great time to talk about the importance of basic recycling standards and what is necessary to keep our local recycling systems strong.

Recycling Industry Update: The recycling industry is grappling with a dual threat: The value of recovered recyclable products has plummeted over the past couple of years and the amount of contamination in the recycling has risen. Too much garbage is present in the recycling stream, clogging sorting facilities and contaminating good recyclables.

As recycling costs are rising, the demand for recycled materials is falling. Recently China has imposed bans on purchasing recycled materials. Meanwhile low oil prices have increased the use of virgin materials for products reducing the demand for recycled material. 

As your local service provider and the recycling sorting facility operator, it is our job to help your community keep the trash out of the recycling stream and thus keep our local recycling systems strong.

How do we keep the trash out of the recycling stream? Together, let’s tackle the problem head on and get back to the basics of recycling.

Local Action Requested: Contamination rates at the recycling material recovery facility are increasing. We are finding that well-intentioned residents are putting things that they think should or could be recycled in the bins:

  • Residents should only put approved recyclables in their recycling cart. For a current recycling list please visit http://www.pellitteri.com/articles.jsp?id=1145.
  •  Recycling carts with any visible trash or non-recyclables in them will be tagged with a notice of non-pickup due to contamination and not serviced.

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