RecycleSmart logo 300x115Single stream recyclables from SSRC towns are sorted at the Waste Management Avon plant.  Workers and machines separate it into individual materials, baled and sold to manufacturers to be made into new products. 

In our drop-off towns, residents do some of the sorting, but many of the same rules apply.

Items that don't belong make it harder, and even dangerous, to sort into useful feedstock.  This devalues the good material, and has driven costs up a lot.  

To make sure what you put in the bin doesn't end up in the landfill, make sure it is:

  • Dry - wet materials stick to each other and can't be properly sorted. Glass shards stuck to paper is especially troublesome. 
  • Clean - dirty material mucks up everything around it, is sticky, and can stink up the whole load.  Most material travels a distance, sometimes in extreme heat. Think ketchup. 
  • Loose, single, easily separable materials -  Paper can't be made from plastic.  Plastic can't be made from metal.  Items that have multiple materials stuck together can't be made into a new product. End users can deal with tape, windows and labels, but they can't pull cardboard out of overwrap, foam packing out of boxes, or embedded plastic from a paper cup. 
  • Size matters - tiny = trash. Containers smaller than 3 oz. often fall through the first screen with the glass. Think prescription bottles.  Foam packing and shredded paper get into everything.
  • Shape matters -  3D = bottles, cans, containers.  Flattened containers can end up with the paper.
  • Only certain plastics are marketable - Don't let the misleading recycling symbol on plastics fool you
    • Rigid plastic containers #1,2,5 - Bottles, tubs, clear cups and yogurt-type containers are the ONLY plastics with value in the single stream
    • Non-containers, black plastic, and plastics #3,4,6 and 7 are NOT marketable.
    • Plastic bags (and metal hangers, ribbons, string lights...) get tangled in the sorting equipment, creating hazards and causing costly shutdowns.

To search for specific materials, go to the RecycleSmart Recycling Guide.  For local outlets, go to Recycling A-Z.


Discover the proper way to recycle plastic bags and other tanglers (holiday lights, clothing, etc.)  This does not just go for Chicago, but for everywhere. 

 

Take a video tour of the Waste Management recycling plant in Avon, where many of our towns’ recyclables go. Rosemary Nolan narrates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Meetings & Events

10 Jan 2019
Municipal solid waste contracting
17 Jan 2019
Textile outreach webinar
17 Jan 2019
08:50AM - 10:30AM
SSRC Breakfast Meeting

A Message from our Director:

The SSRC is seeking a second Recycling Education and Compliance Officer..  It wll be part time (abaout 400-450 mostly weekday hours) through the spring.  Please see details here.  Please send a letter of interest and resume by 12/11/2018.

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December Updates

Facing higher costs, cities enforce cleaner recycling, by Yasmin Amir and Bob Oakes,  WBUR, 8/2018

Norwell implements new recycling program, Kate Walsh, WickedLocal Norwell, 7/12/18

A case for producer responsibility, Claire Galkowski, Resource Recycling, 6/5/18

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On this website:

Visit Recycling A-Z to find the answer to "What should I do with...." 

The Town Program pages provide contact information and links to Member Town's recycling programs.

Learn more about recycling dos and don'ts by visiting Recycling 101 and Advanced Recycling.

Hazardous Waste Days

Click here for the Schedule of Hazardous Waste Days and collection details