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Recycling the right way
10/13/2016 11:21:24 AM

Three simple ways you can reduce recycling contamination

The Oxford County landfill accumulated almost 47,000 tonnes of garbage over the past year alone. 47,000 tonnes!

That is a lot of waste piling up in the landfill, and you might be asking yourself, “What can I do about it?” Small steps, like recycling and recycling the right way, can go a long way in reducing the amount of garbage we generate as a community.

So how exactly do you recycle the right way? The answer is: by preventing contamination of recyclables. Contamination happens when recyclable items aren’t cleaned properly, or when non-recyclable items get mixed in with recyclables.

For example, the paper in your pizza box that is smeared with grease cannot be processed with clean paper. That chocolate milk container needs a quick rinse before throwing it in your recycling bin so it doesn’t make a sticky mess all over everything else.

Not separating different types of materials can also cause problems during recycling. Leaving pieces of plastic in with cardboard packaging, or leaving Styrofoam in a box when putting it out to the curb can create issues. Just a little extra care in separating these materials will go a long way in reducing the amount of garbage that winds up in the landfill.

Did you know that up to 6% of recyclable material has to be thrown out? 

Here are some quick tips to follow to help you recycling the right way:

  1. Rinse out and properly clean all recyclables before adding them to the blue box.
  2. Place all plastic bags and plastic films into one larger plastic bag and tie it before adding them to the blue box.
  3. Separate Styrofoam, tape and other plastic material from cardboard packaging. The cardboard goes in recycling, the rest of the materials belong in the garbage.

If you are ever unsure if something is recyclable or not, just visit or download the Wasteline app and use the ‘What goes where?’ tool. Type in the material and it will tell you if it’s recyclable or garbage.

It’s so simple to do your part to reduce the garbage we generate. Recycle today and recycle the right way, for a better tomorrow. 

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