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The worldwide market for recyclables has changed drastically. Countries that previously accepted mixed recycling are now no longer. The City of Merritt is administering a program for Recycle BC.
WHO IS RECYCLE BC?
Recycle BC is a not-for-profit organization responsible for residential packaging and paper recycling throughout BC, servicing over 1.8 million households. Recycle BC ensures materials are collected from households and depots, sorted, and responsibly recycled. Our program is funded by over 1,200 business that include retailers, manufacturers and restaurants that supply packaging and printed paper to the BC residents, shifting costs away from homeowners.
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The most common contaminants are:
This could be a grocery bag, or any store-bought garbage bag (clear, blue, black, etc.). Or, could be over wrap for water bottles or toilet paper.
Why? Items that are inside a plastic bag cannot be recycled properly. The sorting machines at the recycling facility cannot sort the materials and for safety reasons, staff cannot open these bags.
Other soft plastics such as grocery bags and over wrap do not separate out well, and therefore, need to be recycled separately so they can not be included in the mixed bin.
This could be as small as oil stains on a pizza box to plant containers and trays that still contain dirt to unclean peanut butter containers.
Why? Food residue reduces the quality of recyclable material, even a small amount can spread, contaminating an entire load, and resulting in the whole recycle pickup ending in the landfill instead of recycling.
This could be bottles and jars or non-recyclable like windows and dinnerware.
Why? Broken glass mixes with the plastic and paper making it hazardous to workers that have to sort materials.
This could be meat trays, electronic or furniture packaging.
Why? Styrofoam is very light and sticks to everything making it difficult to separate from other plastic types.