Staying educated about proper recycling etiquette is increasingly difficult as regulations and markets constantly change. Some of us may reflect on a time when recycling was required to be carefully sorted into different bins for a multi-stream process; It then seems ironic that, as recycling becomes more complicated, single-stream recycling is more widely used, and all materials are recycled and collected with one bin. An unfortunate result of single-stream is contamination; No longer required to individually sort all the materials that pass through our hands, one may simply take a guess and throw a nonrecyclable in the bin. To combat this, many local waste corporations have launched education initiatives in order to spark a common understanding of how to sort materials for proper recycling. Plastic bags, for example, are commonly thrown in recycling bins where they do not belong, causing contamination. To know the local initiatives in your area, reach out to their website and take a look! If recycling does not exist in your area, consider reaching out to one of these companies and having them set up in your community. Alternatively, using habits centered around mindful shopping, and zero-waste initiatives can help to reduce what end up in the landfill.
The following educational initiative is from Advance Disposal;