Recycle Right: Enhanced Outreach Efforts in 2019

Have you heard of the National Sword Policy?

Recent Chinese policies have resulted in a global campaign to reduce contamination (material that does not belong in the recycling container). The resulting new standards have impacted recycling efforts throughout the United States, and require a renewed focus on how and what to recycle.

Enhanced education & outreach efforts will begin January 1, 2019 to reduce contamination in recycling bins.

What is contamination?

Contamination is defined as 5% or more non-recyclable material inside your recycling container. Contamination causes major issues once recycling has been collected, directly impacting the recyclability of the material.

How will Recology identify contamination?

Starting January 1 2019, Recology CleanScapes will conduct visual recycling audits for customers in the City of Burien. The process includes:

  1. Recology audits a container/cart
  2. Recology determines if contamination is present
  3. If contamination is present, Recology calls Customer to inform
  4. Recology also sends letter to inform Customer of contamination

What happens if contamination persists?

A contamination fee will be applied to your invoice after numerous attempts have been made without receiving a response to resolve the existing contamination issue.

If a business or apartment continues to be unresponsive or does not implement recycling best practices, a contamination fee will be applied to your invoice each time contamination is identified through an onsite visual audit.

Do you know what’s recyclable?

There are five main categories of recyclable material: paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, and glass. To ensure you’re ONLY placing recyclable material in your blue container, review your recycling panel.

Do you know how to properly prepare your recyclables for collection?

Follow three simple rules: Empty, Clean and Dry. Empty any residual food or liquid, clean the container with a quick rinse and allow the moisture to dry before tossing in the recycle container.  Keep your recycling lids closed to keep out the rain.

Watch Recology’s Better at the Bin video for more information on how to recycle right.

Want to learn more?

Recology will be hosting quarterly “Where Does It Go Workshops” at The Recology Store in Burien. Follow us on Facebook to receive updates on dates and times for these workshops.

What resources does Recology offer?

Recology offers a variety of free resources for residential, commercial and multi-family customers, including educational posters and decals, onsite waste audits, technical assistance, recycling training.

Contact our local Customer Service Team at 206.767.3322 or email if you have any questions about recycling best practices or would like to request on site assistance.

Recycling Incentive Program

In an effort to encourage proper recycling habits, Recology will reward customers who display exemplary recycling practices in the Burien community. In 2019, Recology will introduce an annual recycling program to recognize customers who demonstrate consistent and sustainable recycling practices. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting program!