Recycling Reminder Tips
The City of Key West wants to remind the community what is recyclable and what is not to improve our recycling rate and reduce contamination.
Acceptable recycling items include paper, cardboard, clear, brown, or green glass bottles, plastics number 1 or 2 (Water bottles, soap, and shampoo bottles), clean aluminum foil, ferrous metals, soup cans, juice boxes, and cereal boxes. If you're disposing of cardboard boxes, please break them down. And used pizza boxes must have the greasy bottom torn off and put in with regular trash.
Plastic bags in the recycle bin are the number one contaminant. If you package your recyclables in plastic, it makes them trash and contaminates the entire bin. All of the blue bin contents will be disposed of as trash.
When they reach the sorting plant in Pembroke Pines, plastic bags are like gum in the machines. The plant must close the sorting machines for one or two hours daily to remove all plastic bags caught in the moving parts. The main causes for sorting issues and jams are hoses, electrical cords, and metal hangers, which can cause fires. None of the items that cause machine jams are recyclable.
Other trash in the bin will also contaminate the entire load. If the bin is contaminated with food, Styrofoam, or trash, it has to be picked up by the trash truck and cannot go into the recycling truck. Plastic pump bottles can be recycled but are sure they're clean and disposed of the pump mechanism into the regular trash.
Remembering these simple tips helps the community reach its recycling goals and keeps Key West beautiful.
I never took into account the fact that cardboard items have to be broken down when recycling them such as those that are already greasy. I will keep that in mind and learn more about the right processes, because I definitely wanted to do my part in helping our environment starting this year. And before I look for corrugated recycling centers and such, I have to be aware of the right practice to prevent wasting items that are supposed to be segragated.
3/8/2023 07:00:51 pm
I find it interesting when you said that sorting the items that can cause jamming in the recycling machine has to be removed for at least two hours. I guess this is why segregating items would be vital when it comes to air conditioning recycling and even other parts. In my opinion, the process would be more effective and helpful for the environment if it is done right which is why we should do our part as well when we are sending our wastes to them.
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