What’s recyclable and what things cannot be recycled

The recycling rate in the United States is 32%, but in the mid-50s in the Pacific Northwest.

SEATTLE — Tends to lack knowledge about proper recycling.

That’s according to a survey from recycling company Republic Services, which analyzed the recycling knowledge of more than 2,000 Americans. It found that 64% of respondents said they knew what types of plastic could be recycled, but 61% incorrectly believed that flexible plastics, including grocery bags and bubble wrap, were recyclable. in their roadside trash can.

Pete Keller, Republic Services VP of recycling and sustainability, says plastic is what confuses most people.

“As a country, as a society, we do very well with cardboard, paper, aluminum, tin, glass. Everyone acknowledges that. It is recognized as highly recyclable. Keller says plastic causes the most confusion.

His advice is not to overthink it. In general, there are a few rules to follow.

“Don’t focus on number one, number two, number five,” Keller said. “Let’s focus on what kind of container is. If it’s hard, has a lid or lid, it’s recyclable. We want it. If it’s flexible, if it’s clamshell, if it’s a versatile material, then those things don’t belong here. It belongs to your recycle bin.

He said some of the most common items sent into recycling bins that shouldn’t be recycled are plastic bags, bubble wrap and plastic wrapping paper. In addition, he also advises people not to put recyclables in plastic bags because it can be dangerous at the factory.

Keller added that people in the Pacific Northwest are among the best at recycling. He said the recycling rate in the United States is 32% but it was in the mid-50s in the Pacific Northwest.

This is partly due to the longevity of recycling programs. He said the recycling infrastructure in western Washington has been around for 15-20 years longer than in other parts of the country.

“What we have done here, our partnership with the City of Seattle has really spread to other parts of the country,” said Keller. Seattle is truly one of the pioneers in single-line recycling.”

He said Republic Services’ SODO plant processes 75 tons of recyclables per hour and nearly 200,000 tons of recyclables a year.

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Edmund DeMarche

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