Wishful recycling

January 25, 2022

Hello neighbors!

Many of us with the best intentions could be causing tons of recyclables to end up in a landfill. Do you on occasion hover over the recycling, and waste bins struggling internally to decide what item goes where? We all want to save the environment one piece of trash at a time. So it is always better to recycle than toss in the trash, right? Unfortunately, no.

As it turns out, ‘wishful recyclers’ can actually cause more harm than good when it comes to recycling. ‘Wishful recycling’, or tossing items in the recycling bin that you hope are recyclable or think should be, could be contaminating inbound streams of recyclable materials and causing tons (literally, tons) of recycled items to be sent to landfills instead of being recycled.

Using plastic can liners to collect recyclables in your home? Kindly don’t toss them into the recycling bin–empty the plastic bags into the bin and reuse or dispose of them in the trash bin. Also, please note that any non-glass in the glass bin, including bags, boxes, corks, or lids, can cause the recycling company to refuse to pick up, so please, toss only clean glass bottles and jars, as listed on the attachment, in the glass bin.

Please take a moment to read the Portland waste management guide to make the correct recycling choices so that the whole bin doesn’t end up in landfill.

Thank you!

Chasselton Board

City of Portland Garbage and Recycling Guide page 1

City of Portland Garbage and Recycling Guide page 2

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