"Wishful Recycling Threatens Single-stream Process." This article posted by NPR from Illinois State University focuses on an increasingly relevant topic in the realm of recycling. Just how much does contamination matter, and how does it affect the recycling process?
Similar to the 1989 film drama, Field of Dreams, the idea that “If you build it, they will come” manifests itself as wishful recycling. When presented with hard-to-recycle items, the general thought is “If I put it in the bin, it will get recycled.”
Unfortunately, the story of contamination doesn’t turn out like the “field of dreams.” Instead, it can lead to the following:
- Possible threats to the single-stream recycling business model
- Increased cost for taxpayers
- Contamination that leads to costly shutdowns in sorting facilities
While wishful recycling reflects how much people care about making the most of natural resources and limiting the material going to landfills, it also reveals an increased need to inform the public of what should and should not go in the bin.
As a recycling company, we are excited to work with communities and businesses to bring contamination rates down. Recycling experts in this article agree that outreach and education for the public could be the key to improving the recycling process.
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