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Rescue your recycling from the landfill

Rescue your recycling from the landfill
Posted on 09/19/2018

We all want to recycle right, but recycling can be confusing. Items that were once recyclable aren’t now and vice versa, it can be hard to keep track of. However, when we don’t follow these rules we can negatively impact the recycling process. The item that causes the most issues are plastic bags and product wraps, which are not accepted in your curbside recycling bin. Why? Because plastic bags and wraps get caught in the machinery at the recycling facility, lower the value of other recyclables, and lead to recyclable materials going to the landfill.

Ensure that your recycling efforts don’t go to waste by following these simple steps:

  1. Ditch the bag: plastic bags and wraps don’t belong in your curbside recycle bins.

  2. Free your recycling: keep your items loose in the bin, bagged recycling could end up in the landfill.   

  3. Recycle at other locations: take your clean bags and wraps to area grocery stores that accept these items.

If these items can’t be avoided or reused, then they belong in the trash, but never the recycle bin. Plastic grocery bags, and certain product wraps can be returned to several area grocery stores for recycling. For more information go to www.jocogov.org/recycling101


Published Sept. 19, 2018