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Keep Plastic Bags Out Of Recycling Bins

Do you recycle the plastic bags you get from the grocery store into your blue recycling bin? Noble but wrong. States like California have already implemented a plastic bag ban. Here in Salt Lake City, the city council is moving towards changing the recycling ordinances to keep those bags out of the bins.

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“It used to be economical to capture those plastic bags. Now they are proving much more of a nuisance. They get caught on equipment,” said Sophia Nicholas, a spokeswoman for Sustainability Department, to a local news outlet. “What we really want is for people to be focusing on the ‘reduce and reuse’ aspect of bags, not thinking of recycling all their plastic in their blue bin as a solution, because it’s not.”

When those bags gum up the recycling equipment the entire process comes to a screeching halt. Plus, when people put other recyclables into the bags, it makes it harder to sort, which can cause further delays. For now, the city is working to educate the public. They’ve taken plastic bags off the list of recyclable items and will be adding stickers to residential blue bins.

Recycling restrictions shouldn’t prevent you from making the effort. In fact, there are some ways you can expand recycling around the house especially when it comes to getting rid of your junk. Did you know that your old kitchen appliances and furniture can be recycled? The same can be said for unwanted clothing, coats, shoes and hats. All of those things can be turned over to a charity, which is just as effective as recycling. As long as stuff is kept out of a landfill, it counts towards that goal. To help with this project, you’ll want to enlist the services of Junk King Salt Lake City.

Junk King Salt Lake City is a professional junk removal service that is dedicated to an eco-friendly way of getting rid of junk. They’ve been at this for several years and know all the certified facilities to drop off what they collect. All of that is included in their junk removal service at no extra charge. Hire Junk King Salt Lake City for your junk removal and take your recycling to the next level.

Salt Lake City Recycling Facts

Salt Lake City has a robust recycling program that a majority of residents participate in. However, there are some restrictions. It all has to do with the “stream.” That would be the flow of trash that is deemed recyclable. That stream needs to be consistent. It means keeping certain items out of your recycling bin. Here are the Salt Lake City recycling facts that you should know direct from the city:

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“Plastic grocery bags are recyclable, but not in your curbside recycling bin.  The best way to recycle grocery bags and other plastic film is to take it back to the grocery store with you and place it in the bag-recycling box provided.  This includes all clean and dry #2 and #4 plastic film such as dry cleaner bags, newspaper bags, bread bags, Ziploc bags, etc. Any plastic container (bottles, tubs, jugs and jars) can be recycled in Salt Lake County regardless of the number or chasing arrows. Other plastics generally are not recyclable.”

That takes care of plastic but what about paper? All newspapers, magazines and copy paper are recyclable. What isn’t? Paper towels:

“Paper products such as paper towels, napkins, tissue paper and toilet paper are not recyclable. The paper fibers used to create these products are too small to be recycled again, and most are contaminated by food additionally.”

Metal cans are great recyclable materials but do they need special prep? Not according to the city:

“There is no need to detach the can label, just makes sure any gobs of food are cleaned out of the can and toss it in your recycling bin. A quick rinse will suffice.  Make sure they are drained of any liquids and scrape out any gobs of food left in containers.  We recommend rinsing with dirty dishwater to conserve water when additional rinsing is necessary.”

That covers the basics of kitchen recycling but what about the bigger items you would like to get rid of around the house like a mattress, refrigerator, television or other bulky objects. There are recycling drop offs around the city for most of those items but you have to do all the work. That means renting a truck, loading the item, driving to the drop off and having a crew to unload. A much better way is to hire Junk King Salt Lake City. These junk removal pros have been making recycling drop offs ever since they began operations in Salt Lake City. Recycling doesn’t have to be a hassle when Junk King Salt Lake City is in charge.