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Posted on: January 19, 2024

Tips to keep recyclables from blowing away; plastic bags not accepted

Chris Coniff standing in recycle truck with BPU logo

Tips to keep recycling from blowing away:

  • Don't overfill your recycling bin. Use an additional plastic container or bin (on cardboard day, an additional cardboard box can be used) with no lid; and labeled R or Recycling.
  • Flatten all items such as milk jugs and boxes.
  • Put heavier items on top.

Regarding plastic bags, recyclables in plastic bags will not be collected:

  • Plastic bags get wrapped around equipment & machinery, causing breakdowns.
  • Recyclables in plastic bags contaminate an entire load of recyclables, preventing them from being recycled.
  • When recyclables are hand-sorted, recycling in plastic bags increases cost and processing time.


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