Recycle Right... Strategies for Cleaning up the Curbside Mix

Why Should I be Concerned?

1.     Pricing for contracts with processing facilities is partially based on quality.

2.     Collecting more material isn’t necessarily better if you are collecting materials that cannot be recycled.

3.     Processing facilities may reject loads with excessive quantities of residue or charge a fee to process that load.

4.     It is a waste of energy and resources to collect materials in recycling bins that will eventually be sorted out and landfilled or incinerated as residue.

Top Tips to begin a successful PR campaign

1.     Speak to your processor to get a list of acceptable/unacceptable recyclable items.

2.     Work with your processor to identify the most common unacceptable items being received.

3.     Bring all parties together to develop a strategy → educator – hauler - processor.

4.     Educate the public

5.     Measure your success

Links to IPF/MRFs   (For list of acceptable items plus contact information)

Graphics to Borrow:

NJDEP artwork – http://www.state.nj.us/dep/dshw/recycling/promotools.html

WM Recycle Often Recycle Right http://recycleoftenrecycleright.com/resources/

Recycling Partnership (bottom of page) http://tools.recyclingpartnership.org/contamination/

ReCommunity http://www.recommunity.com/education/

America Recycles Day https://americarecyclesday.org/toolkit/

Samples from:   Morris County    Atlantic County Utilities Authority    Burlington County

Specific material images (Courtesy of Morris County)


Waste Management http://recycleoftenrecycleright.com/resources/

ReCommunity http://www.recommunity.com/education/

Plastic Bag Recycling http://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/plasticbag/resources.html

Plastic Bags stuck in MRF screens – Oregon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoBSW75-AqM

MRF Tour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5nmNKVNCBw&mc_cid=c0e93cc6fb&mc_eid=d9b2ba030e

Using Social Media (link to other document)

Recycle Coach http://info.recyclecoach.com/resource-library-homepage

Lesson Plans

ReCommunity http://www.recommunity.com/education/

Waste Management http://recycleoftenrecycleright.com/resources/


Waste Management RORR widget (A widget is a small add on for your website) http://recycleoftenrecycleright.com/rorr-widgets/

Recycling Coach app & website plug-in https://recyclecoach.com/

Plastic Film Recycling  http://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/s00/index.html     https://www.recycleyourplastics.org/



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