EARTH DAY 2019
Over the past 20-years, China became the primary market for recyclables from across the globe. In real numbers, China consumed 28.5 million tons – 50% of all paper recycled in 2016. By 2017, the U.S shipped 30% of all recyclables to China. Today, Waste Management is shipping less than 3% of total recyclables collected to China.
The world of recycling changed as China banned the import of all mixed paper and plastic imports in January 2018. What hasn’t changed is the demand for recycling services by consumers. Recycling is the right thing to do…and it’s good for the environment. But change requires how we recycle and what we recycle.
Recycling Doesn’t Happen When You Place Materials In Your Container.
Recycling Happens When the Material Placed in Your Container Becomes a Feedstock For a New Product!
What should we recycle?
- Clean paper and cardboard that does not have a wax film
- Clean plastics
- Clean cans
Common contaminates found in recycling:
On this Earth Day, let’s commit to recycle right! When in doubt — leave it out and then go find out at www.recycleoftenrecycleright.com.
Check out their educational videos about recycling: Don’t Be A Tangler, Bowling Balls are Not Recyclable, No Liquids Please, Batteries and Co-Mingle Recycling Don’t Mix
Some of the more interesting — NON-RECYCLABLE items found at recycling processing facilities in 2018!
A life-sized dept. store mannequin
5,000 Bowling Balls
Waste Management Recycling Plants received 28,000 lbs. of batteries last year
The World of Recycling is Changing
Recycling is at risk. And we need your help. Waste Management collects hundreds of tons of recycling material every day in communities. Unfortunately, a higher percentage of non-recyclable materials are being found in recycling. That often happens by mistake, or due to lack of information. Current recycling markets are requiring clean, quality materials with virtually no contamination. With proper education and decision making, we can make a difference and ensure recycling is sustainable for generations to come.
Some of the most common contaminates that are found in the recycling stream include:
- Plastic bags, which often may be returned to retailers, are NOT accepted in single stream recycling.
- Pizza boxes, which contain residual grease, cheese or other toppings. Don’t include food-soiled items and liquids – they can turn an entire load of recycling into trash.
- Bubble wrap and shrink wrap cause damage, down-time and costly repairs to recycling equipment.
- Electric cords, string/rope material, rubber and plastic hose, clothing. These items are called “tanglers” and can shut down an entire recycling plant!
- Propane tanks, batteries, and electronic waste can start fires at the recycling plant.
- Medical equipment and devices of any kind, such as needles, tubing and gloves. They can cause injury to workers.
To learn more information about recycling, please visit www.recycleoftenrecyleright.com.
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