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America Recycles Week: Are you doing it the right way?

Posted at 1:17 PM, Nov 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-13 15:17:11-05

Residents putting trash in the recycling costs the U.S. recycling system more than $300 million each year. While some residents wrongly put their recyclables in plastic bags in their recycling bins, others (incorrectly) wish that certain things could be recycled at the curb—such as garden hoses, ropes, wires, plastic films and wraps, food, clothing, batteries, etc. Some of these items that end up in recycling bins and carts can damage equipment in recycling facilities, harm workers, and others can shut down a facility entirely, all of which cause costly delays.

During America Recycles Week (November 10-16), the national non-profit organization The Recycling Partnership will be releasing new free tools (Social Media Kit & DIY Signs) to empower communities to educate residents on how to recycle more and recycle better.

Through The Recycling Partnership’s work with more than 1,300 communities nationwide, they are improving infrastructure, increasing access to residential curbside recycling, and educating consumers about what does and does not go into the recycling with the goal of making sure communities are collecting as many quality recyclables as possible to create new products made of recyclable materials. By the end of the year, the Recycling Partnership expects to have helped purchase nearly 600,000 recycling carts, reach 60 million households, and help companies and communities invest more than $55 million in recycling infrastructure.

About The Recycling Partnership
The Recycling Partnership (www.recyclingpartnership.org) is a national nonprofit organization that leverages corporate partner funding to transform recycling for good in cities and towns all across America. As the only organization in the country that engages the full recycling supply chain from the corporations that manufacture products and packaging to local governments charged with recycling to industry end markets, haulers, material recovery facilities, and converters; The Recycling Partnership positively impacts recycling at every step in the process. By the end of 2019, The Recycling Partnership expects to have served more than 1,300 communities with tools, resources and technical support, helped place nearly 600,000 recycling carts, reached 60 million households, and helped companies and communities invest more than $55 million in recycling infrastructure.