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October 23, 2009: Commission approves changes to recycling methods

During the Tuesday, October 20, City Commission meeting, officials approved an amendment to the Waste Management Agreement, which includes changes to what and how recyclables are collected. Most importantly, residents can now mix all recyclables together, without having to separate newspapers and cardboard from other items. 

 The new process, also known as Single Stream recycling, allows for the following items to be mixed together:
· Newspapers, inserts, catalogs, magazines, junk mail, office paper, soft-covered books, file folders, soda cartons and crushed boxes from items such as cereal, tissues, rice and pasta
· Flattened cardboard from non-food items such as shipping boxes
· Aluminum and steel food and beverage containers
· Plastic bottles (neck narrower than body) such as soda bottles, milk, water, detergent and shampoo bottles (without caps or lids)
· Glass food and beverage containers
· Milk and juice cartons and drink boxes

The terminology surrounding plastics has also changed from looking for a number 1, 2, or 3 on the base of the plastic, to “plastic bottles,” regardless of number, where the neck is smaller than the base. Plastics numbered 4 through 7 seven, such as a butter tub, are not included in the program because of their lack of market value.
Items that do not go into your recycling container(s) are:
· Household garbage including food scraps, pizza boxes and miscellaneous plastics such as toys and cups and plastic bags
· Certain glass products including window or auto glass, light bulbs, mirrors, glass cookware or bakeware and ceramics
· Yard and plant debris
· Medical waste and pharmaceuticals
· Gas cylinders, tanks, rocks, dirt, building debris, flammables and small appliances
· Electronic items including computers, TVs and monitors
· Hazardous waste including motor oil, paint, pesticides and household cleaners

 Residents are asked to keep recycling free of contamination by putting only acceptable items into recycling containers. When the wrong items are included, or food scraps or liquids get into the batch, they can cause a whole truckload of recyclables to be wasted. Please remember to empty and remove all lids from recyclables. If you have any questions, please call 954-344-1165.

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