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Don't let all your recycling efforts

go to waste. 

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LEAVE'em LOOSE

Never put recyclables in a plastic bag. 

 

Plastic bags should never be in your recycle bin or cart. 

 

If any recyclables end up in a plastic bag, they will all end up in a landfill.

The entire bag and it's contents will be directed to waste, because plastic bags can't be processed at our plant.

Here's what to do with your plastic bags instead.

 
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REVIEW the RULES

NOPLASTICBAGSNOPLASTICBAGSNOPLASTICBAGSNOPLASTICBAGS

Rinse and dry and replace the cap:
   Cans
   Cartons
   Glass bottles and jars
   Plastic bottles and jugs
(Labels may be left on)
Clean and flatten:
   Paper
   Cardboard
(Free of food particles and not wax coated [test by scraping with fingernail ... any wax residue?])
Poke your plastic:
If you can push your finger through the plastic, it’s too flimsy to recycle. Toss sandwich bags, cereal bags, produce bags, dry cleaning bags, bubble wrap, and newspaper sleeves into the trash instead. Or do this with them.
And remember:
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BAGS into BENCHES

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What to do with all those plastic bags.

Every year, Trex challenges schools to collect 500lbs of bags in six months.

If they succeed, Trex turns those bags into a free bench.

 

So contact your school. Alert them to this wonderful recycling program. Download all the details.

 

Then give them a head start by beginning your own collection right now.

Parent to a budding eco-star? Click this badge for a fun way to 

put your little one in charge of collecting bags around your home.

Parent to a budding eco-star? 

Click this badge for a fun way to put

them in charge of collecting bags.

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LESS is MORE

Reducing recycling mistakes reduces our landfill.

 

Greasy pizza boxes, unrinsed pop cans, plastic bags (and everything in them) ... they can damage recycling equipment, waste time and money, and ultimately end up going into the waste.

We refer to incorrect or unwashed materials as 'recycling contamination'. Last year, our recycling contamination rate was 20.5%. 

Our goal, with your help, is to reduce our contamination level.

We appreciate your desire to recycle for a better environment and better world. Please do so as carefully as possible ...

 

... please don't let any of your recycling efforts go to waste.

The whole crew at Portage County Recycling Center

 

Q and A

The more you know, the smarter you recycle.

Why can't you sort out plastic bags?


The flimsy film gets entangled in the machinery and causes shutdowns and damage. (INCLUDE VIDEO OF YOUR SORTER AT WORK)




What do I do with large items, like plastic coolers or this or that?


(EITHER GIVE THE ANSWER HERE, OR PROVIDE A LINK TO THE ANSWER)




Why wasn't this cart emptied?


This cart was serviced on 4/2/2020 ... but the crew was unable to empty it into the truck. Can you identify the four problems before reading the answers below?: --RED ARROW: Plastic wrap will entangle the sorter at the plant. --ORANGE ARROW: Thin plastic food containers are not recyclable. --PURPLE ARROW: Box outside of cart, needs to be put inside cart. --GREEN ARROW: More efficient to wait until cart is full to put out for the crew.




Another question?


Answer and any support pics, videos, or docs





 
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