Our priority is to increase recycling and divert more material from landfill. When recyclables are
processed at our recycling facility, they pass over screens and conveyors, where human hands
and valuable machinery sort the materials. Contaminants may result in injury to our employees,
equipment breakdown, or rejection of recyclables by processors.
For these reasons, there should be no food waste or household garbage in the recycle carts.
Containers must be empty with no residual food. Recyclables should fit loosely in the cart so
that the cart can empty freely into the collection truck. The exception to this rule is shredded
paper, which should be placed in clear plastic bags and tied.
We actively campaign to keep recyclables clean and free of contamination. Our recycling
program includes the distribution of educational materials to our customers, presentations
to schools and civic organizations, participation at community fairs, free business waste
assessments, curbside cart "audits", non-collection of contaminated carts and, ultimately,
additional charges to customers who continue to put contaminated materials in their recycling
carts. Contamination is a serious issue, and we do appreciate your efforts to keep the recycling