Help Our Recycling Process
The American recycling industry is experiencing high levels of contamination: trash that ends up in the recycling. Requirements for quality (clean recycling) are increasing due to new policies in China. Waste Management's latest newsletter breaks down how these policies have created challenges in recycling markets worldwide.
As a result, our focus on quality is higher than ever, as we work to ensure the long-term sustainability of our recycling program. When non-recyclable items (contamination) end up in recycling loads, the entire load may be labeled as “trash” and lead to increased processing costs resulting in additional service charges.
Currently, the biggest contributor to contamination is plastic bags. Plastic bags are NOT accepted recyclable items in curbside collection. Plastic bags can be dropped off at your local grocery or big box stores for recycling. Additionally, food-contaminated paper can be composted instead of recycled. The Recycling Center also accepts residential drop off of compost materials.