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City Of Janesville Asks Residents to Change Their Recycling Habits

Post Date:01/24/2019 10:19 am

Changes in end user specifications for certain recyclable materials have resulted in more stringent requirements on municipalities who supply recyclables to brokers and end users.  One of the biggest market changes came when China stopped taking recyclables due to alleged contamination problems. 

Recycling programs around the nation are now adjusting their collection program parameters in order to meet the stricter acceptance criteria put in place by brokers and end users.  Johns Disposal Service of Whitewater is the City’s vendor for the processing and marketing of recyclables collected curbside.  City staff has worked with company officials to ensure materials are being marketed and have the following recommendations for Janesville residents:

  1. Break down all cardboard containers.Many residents will put other recyclable materials into an open cardboard box and those other recyclables are considered contaminants by waste cardboard end users.
    • Breaking down the boxes minimizes the chance that other recyclable materials will contaminate the cardboard.
    • It also means a resident’s collection cart won’t fill up as fast by decreasing the air space consumed inside the cart.
  2. Eliminate plastic shopping bags from collection carts.
    • This is one of the biggest problems when it comes to contamination of other recyclable materials.
    • The bags also present difficulty to the mechanical sorting systems most processors of recyclables have in place today.
    • Plastic grocery bags should be taken to local retail outlets that accept them for recycling. Local retailers who wish to be listed on the City’s website as accepting these bags should contact the City Services Center at (608) 755-3114.
  3. Choose aluminum cans over glass bottles.
  • With most processors now using mechanical sorting systems, glass has become a casualty.Most glass doesn’t survive the gauntlet of shakers, screens and other processing equipment and ends up as broken cullet which has virtually no monetary value.Often, this broken cullet ends up in landfills.
  • Aluminum containers, on the other hand, have always maintained some value and are easily sorted in today’s processing systems.

Here is a helpful guide on what to recycle!

All of these steps will help improve the quality of the City’s recyclable materials and will also help ensure they continue to be utilized by end users and manufactured back into useful products.

For more information please contact City Services at (608) 755-3110.

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