Some items are no longer accepted in our recycling program
3 things to keep out of your recycling cart Recycling in the United States has changed dramatically over the past two years. In response, we must update our list of accepted items so the material we collect has the best chance of being made into new products. The items below are no longer accepted in our recycling program.
1. Shredded Paper
Modern shredders cut paper into such small pieces that there isn't enough fiber left to recover. Loose shreds become confetti at sorting facilities and end up swept into the garbage.
The moisture in cartons contaminates the rest of the paper. They are are also made of layers of paper and plastic that makes them difficult to recycle into new products.
3. Plant Pots
Plant pots are usually dirty. There is so much variety in material and style that it's difficult to know what is recyclable and what isn't.
Now that most of our recyclables are no longer sent to overseas recyclers, we are faced with the increased costs associated with processing and shipping material to re-manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada. These changes to the recycling program will clean up our recycling stream and give the remaining material the best chance at a new life.
The good news is, as long as it is on our list of approved recyclables, the material collected in Pierce County is sent to re-manufacturers to be recycled. Only contamination and non-program materials end up in our landfill.
Recycling tips Follow these tips to keep contamination out of your cart:
Garbage isn't recyclable!
Please put only the items listed on our reminder sheet in your recycling cart.
Drop in anytime to learn what’s no longer accepted and why. Find out what happens to recyclables after they get picked up at your home. You can ask questions, play a game and even make an upcycled item to take home.