The recycling industry is experiencing high levels of contamination. This is coming at a time when the requirements for quality (clean recycling) are increasing due to new policies in China. These policies have banned twenty-four types of materials and include strict quality standards. These significant changes are affecting the recycling industry world-wide.
When non-recyclable items (contamination) end up in recycling loads, they have the potential to turn the entire load into trash and increase processing costs resulting in contamination and/or additional service charges. Please review the list below of recycling changes:
Don’t bag your recyclables. Plastic bags and film get tangled in the machinery.
Don’t include food-soiled items– they can turn an entire load of recycling into trash.
Don’t add sharp or dangerous materials like needles and electronics – they can cause injury to workers.
Don’ t toss in “tanglers” like rubber hoses and wires – they can shut down an entire recycling
Don’t include bulky items like propane tanks or construction debris.
Thank you for your cooperation. For additional tools on recycling right and the do’s and don’ts of recycling, visit www.recycleoftenrecycleright.com.