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Posted on: December 20, 2016

Plastic Bags Are Not Accepted In Curbside Recycling

Gloucester's curbside recycling program participation is at an all time high, with recycling rates continuing to climb year over year. That is only possible through the dedicated recycling efforts of residents like you, helping to make our City greener and more sustainable. However, such high levels of recycling activity can sometimes lead to recycling mistakes. One of the biggest problems we face with keeping our recycling stream clean is PLASTIC BAGS..Many people assume (innocently enough) that plastic bags are recyclable in our curbside recycling program. Although this assumption is understandable, plastic bags are in fact NOT recyclable curbside. Plastic bags tear and wrap around the moving parts in recycling processing machines and systems, leading to increased maintenance costs, equipment damage, and even worker safety issues.So, Please ensure that plastic bags STAY OUT of your blue recycling container or bin. In orde! r to safely recycle plastic bags return them to drop off locations at specially-marked recycling bins located at the front of most supermarkets, large grocery or big box stores (e.g. Walmart). We need your help keeping Gloucester’s recycling stream clean by making sure plastic bags stay OUT of your curbside recycling container or blue bin. And think about reducing your use of single-use plastic bags by using long-life reusable bags instead.Thank you for your continued recycling efforts, commitment to making Gloucester a greener city, and your help at eliminating of plastic bags from our curbside recycling stream. Please click on the link below, this video was made in Chicago, but our recycling facilities are the same!
Please watch this video
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