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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Recycling Tips

Posted on Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 4:00 AM

I worked for a few weeks sorting recyclables and I have some bitches about what people do that causes a lot of trouble. They'll tie the tops of grocery bags with paper in them. Why? Do they think it will escape? Just leave it open or put another bag upside down over the first one if you're afraid it will get wet. Pulling the second bag off is a lot easier than tearing tied bags open. The tying is helping NOTHING. Even worse,they'll tie two or three of those bags, with either paper or other recyclables in them, together. We would see three or four bags tied together like a bunch of balloons. They all have to be torn open and that just makes it harder. The conveyor belt goes by quickly and the bags need to be torn open as fast as possible. Picking up a bunch of bags tied together and wrestling them all open one by one is a serious pain. Please stop doing that. People will put literally anything in a recycling bag, food, clothes, any damn thing. Why? The food makes the stuff stink like hell and is in no way recyclable and the rest of the assorted garbage has to be sorted out and thrown back in the garbage anyway so do the sorters a favour and put it in the regular garbage in the first place so they don't have to sort it out. They'll put boxboard in with the paper. Boxboard is the thin cardboard used in packaging, like cereal boxes and other food boxes. That's not supposed to be recycled at this time. It's supposed to go in the compost bin. Yes, it's a waste of boxboard, but those are currently the rules and the plant is not equipped to handle that much extra material. There are only a few people on those conveyor lines and people are just bogging it down with all that boxboard that's not supposed to be going to the plant. There are proposals to add boxboard to the recyclables but they have not been implemented yet and right now it's just making extra work for nothing. For now, stick it in the compost bin like you're supposed to, please and thank you. —Josh

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