Should I Put My Recyclables in a Garbage Bag?

you better know whether you should bag your recyclables or notA lot of people ask us:

When you place your recyclables in the bin to be picked up at the curb, should you bag them up in a garbage bag first?

Or just toss them in loosely?

 

Bag or No Bag?

The answer to that question is a big “NO,” to bagging them.

The main reason most recycling centers are asking people to not place their recyclables in bags is because loose bags get stuck in the machines that sort the recyclables.

When the bags get stuck, it causes the machine to jam and stop working. This obviously slows down the process.

Loose bags caught in the machinery can also damage the equipment, which can be expensive to repair (especially if large parts need to be fully replaced). Damaged equipment and the extra man hours it takes to unclog a machine will result in a loss of money and time for both the recycling center and the city.

Another issue is that sometimes the bags will have to be manually opened and sorted, which cost extra man hours as well.

How Should You Place Recyclable in Your Bin?

Since most recycling programs do not want recyclables placed in bags, many people wonder how to secure their recyclables in their bins so they don’t fall out into the street.

Make sure you’re using a recycling bin or cart that has a lid. Then it’s just as simple as not overflowing the bin to where you cannot securely close the lid down.

Many recycling programs will usually provide a cart with an attached lid for your convenience.

Curbside pickup is a convenient way to get everyone recycling more. As long as we all follow a few guidelines, it will make the process a lot easier for the programs to continue on and help keep our curbsides clean and tidy on recycle day.


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