It’s Back to Basics
Last year, recycling, as we knew it, changed with China’s crackdown on acceptable contamination levels known as “National Sword”. China’s < 0.5% acceptable contamination rate threshold now characterizes most of the US’s recycling exports as trash.
The Town of Danvers and our recycling hauler, JRM, are working together to decrease “recycling contamination” at the curb so that our recycling stream can be manufactured into new product. To achieve this, we are asking residents to take a “Back to Basics” approach to recycling.
Danvers’ curbside recycling is dual stream, unlimited and mandatory and must follow these guidelines to decrease contamination rates:
- Containers (emptied and rinsed with tops or lids on) can be comingled: metal cans & foil, plastic bottles, jars, jugs & tubs, and glass bottles & jars may be put together in recycling bins. Do not place items in plastic bags!
- Paper including newspaper, magazines, paperboard, etc. may be bagged in paper, tied or put in a separate recycling bin. Cardboard must be cut, flattened to 4’x 4’ and bundled to no thicker than 1’. Smaller boxes may be nested.
Some of the items that are recycling contamination curbside are actually recyclable by other means but should NOT go in your curbside bin. These items include: plastic bags, metal items that are not containers, rigid plastic items, textiles, shredded paper and tanglers including wires, chains or electric cords. The following items should not go in your recycling bin and should be thrown in the trash: recyclable containers containing food or liquid, cartons, Styrofoam, pizza boxes with pizza in it or cheese stuck on it, tanglers including hoses, ropes or plastic.
Effective July 1, 2019, JRM will be stickering recycling bins containing recycling contamination and will check off which contaminants were present curbside to help educate our residents. Recycling will be left curbside and picked up the next week as long as the recycling contamination has been removed. DPW will have staff in the field during this time to answer any questions you may have.
By working together, we can make Danvers’ recycling stream a cleaner product and can get more of our curbside recycling manufactured into new product. This is a win for the environment and the economy! In addition, Danvers will continue to offer ways to recycle those hard to recycle items that can’t be recycled curbside. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Danvers DPW at 978-777-0001 x3014. Recycling the right things, the right way is the key to our program’s success!