Keep your recycling clean

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Recycle cart with clean items
Graphic courtesy Recology
Did you know that 60% of the recyclable materials collected in the U.S. go to China to be recycled into new products?

Historically, China accepted up to 5% non-recyclable contaminants (garbage or food waste) in bales of recyclable materials.

Starting in March 2018, however, the Chinese government is enforcing a policy called National Sword, which severely restricts the import of recyclable plastics and paper.

China will only accept bales containing less than 1% contamination and will return any shipments that fail to meet that standard. 
This is a BIG change and has had a huge impact on recycling markets around the globe.

What can you do?
  • Keep your recycling clean and free of contaminants (food waste and garbage).
  • Food containers, like pasta sauce jars or yogurt cups should be empty and dry. Use dish water to swish, or a used napkin to wipe them out (napkins are compostable).
  • Do not place recyclables in black plastic bags. They will not be opened at our sorting facility. This means they will be sent to the landfill as garbage.
  • Single plastic bags, film plastics, candy wrappers, and plastic utensils belong in the garbage.
  • Greasy pizza boxes and other food-soiled paper should be placed in your compost cart.

Avoid hopeful or wishful recycling. Visit the websites, email, or give your recycling company a call! When in doubt, check it out!

Note: now that it's really summer - yard waste bins are being picked up every week.

This article is from Recology Cleanscapes but applies just as well to Republic and all other recycling collectors.

Shoreline Recology contact info: Customer Service: 206-763-4444; Email:


Beleszove Foldlanya July 8, 2018 at 9:02 AM  

actually, the info about plastic bags is misleading. Recology accepts plastic bags and dry cleaning bags and plastic film when bundled together in a bag.

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