Know What Goes: Pesky Plastics

Knowing what can and cannot be recycled is important

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While we can re-melt some plastics into new products, others just jam facility equipment.  To help do your part with proper recycling, it's critical to know the difference because, when a container of recycling has pesky plastics, the whole container becomes contaminated and gets trashed.

If out team notices any of the pesky plastics in your container, we'll leave it behind so you can remove them and avoid everything going to trash.

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  • Plastic wrap
  • Plastic bags
  • Film plastic
  • Food soiled plastics
  • Medical waste or prescription pill bottles
  • Hoses, wires, hangers

Steer clear of throwing these in your container and you'll be good to go!  Also, make sure all the recyclables you do trow in your recycling container are clean and contaminant-free.

Did you notice plastic bags are a pesky plastic?  That's right! Bagging recyclables is a thing of the past.  Skip this unnecessary extra step and simply place all recycling items loose in the container.

If you use a bag to collect all household recyclables, empty the materials into the container and either reuse the bag, toss it in the trash or bring it to a local retailer that can accept it as recycling. The City does not accept bags for curbside recycling.

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