BETTER AT THE BIN

The largest global buyer of recycled paper and plastic, China, is no longer accepting shipments of recyclables from other countries, which ultimately affects everyone. Learn how you can help - at the bin!

HOW YOU CAN HELP

  • Glass Bottle
    Rinse & Dry Recyclables

    For paper to be recycled, it must be clean and dry. Roughly 80% of our recycling streams are comprised of paper products. To ensure these papers get properly recycled, make sure ALL recycling is clean and dry by emptying liquids and food residue. Give recyclables a quick rinse or shake it off.

  • Loose Recyclables
    Keep Recyclables LOOSE

    Place your recyclables loose or in a brown paper bag into your recycling bin. Please do not use plastic bags – they jam and damage the recycling machinery. Visit WhatBin to learn more about plastic bag recycling opportunities in your area.

  • Food Scraps
    Compost food scraps

    Compost food scraps, yard trimmings, and dirty paper. Paper that is dirty from food or liquids, like paper plates and paper towels, are great for the compost! This includes greasy pizza boxes, coffee grounds, meat bones, etc.

  • Light Bulp
    Drop Off Hazardous Waste

    Hazardous waste, such as fluorescent light bulbs, paint or medications do not belong in any bin. In most areas, tossing hazardous items in the trash is illegal. Visit WhatBin
    to find out where you can drop off hazardous waste in your area.

  • Batteries
    Drop Off Electronic Waste

    Electronic waste, such as batteries, TVs, cell phones, or laptops do not belong in any bin. Visit WhatBin to find out where you can properly dispose of electronics
    in your area. If electronics are in working condition, please donate them to local non-profits.

  • Bottle
    Reuse & Refuse

    Reduce single use items by bringing your own carry canvas bag, reusable water bottle or travel mug, and reusable lunch containers.  Refuse plastic straws, plastic bags, and plastic water bottles.


RECYCLING INDUSTRY NEWS

China Tightens Recycling Import Rules
We have all seen the pictures of cities in China with air pollution so bad citizens have resorted to wearing masks. To help improve the environment, the Chinese government recently implemented new rules severely restricting the import of recycled plastics and recycled paper. With the paper mill industry declining in the US, we have been shipping much of our baled paper to China, where high-quality recycling is made into products such as cereal boxes and shipping cartons. Historically, China has accepted 4 to 5 percent impurities in bales of recycled materials. Now, China will only accept bales containing less than 1 percent of those impurities. It is a big change that will be challenging to meet.  Read more.