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Why Separate Recycling?

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WAYNE COUNTY, OH, Jun 5, 2021 — Question: Why is it necessary to separate waste into different bins?

Answer: When recyclables are source-separated, the recyclables no longer contaminate each other. For example, paper and glass are two easily recyclable materials - however, a smashed bottle can contaminate an entire container of paper which will all end up in a landfill. When we reduce contamination and source separate recyclables we maintain the integrity of the materials and lessen the number of materials destined for the landfills!

 

Article courtesy of the Stark, Tuscarawas, Wayne Recycling District.