Big changes are coming to curbside recycling starting March 5!
Here’s how you can recycle right
At Rogue Disposal & Recycling, we’re dedicated to recycling. Global markets for a number of items we used to accept at the curb are gone, so we are refocusing our program on materials we know CAN be recycled—materials with sustainable markets, both today and into the future. Here’s how you can help…
YES, these CAN go in your cart
(the kind with the wavy center)
(clear or white, rinsed out, no lids)
(rinsed out, no lids)
NO! If it’s not a YES, it CAN’T go.
Keep it loose!
Please do NOT bag your recyclables. Just toss the items directly into the cart.
The new realities of recycling
Changes in global markets have dictated changes at the curb. Read about the reasons behind the changes and see how recycling right really matters.
COMMON CONTAMINANTS EXPLAINED
FAQ: Recycle Right
Managing glass for recycling has become increasingly difficult and costly. Glass in the commingle is now considered a contaminant by most recycling processors. There are some options: you can take glass bottles and jars to our recycling depot at 8001 Table Rock Road. We also have glass recycling depots located at Sherm’s Thunderbird in Medford, Food4Less in Medford, and Ray’s in Central Point, Phoenix and Jacksonville. Click here for a flyer.
Also, most glass beverage containers can be returned for deposit under the Oregon Bottle Bill at the Medford Bottle Drop center. To see what is accepted go to www.obrc.com.
Bottle caps and lids are too small or flat to make it through the mechanical sorting process, and end up as trash.
Soft and flexible, they get tangled in the recycling equipment and shut the sort line down. The dangerous task of cutting this material off the line wastes valuable time and resources. It is important to keep this material out of your recycling cart. Plastic bags and wrappers can be recycled at participating grocers.
To find a store near you, go to www.plasticfilmrecycling.org.
Polystyrene is 99% air. To get this material to a processor, all the air would need to be removed. It is very expensive to collect and compact the volume needed to ship to a processor.
No, they are often brittle and break into small pieces during collection, baling and transportation. These small pieces cannot be captured for recycling.
This packaging is not currently recyclable, but does have many good environmental and food safety benefits:
- Designed to keep bacteria out and its contents fresher longer, for less food waste.
- Light weight and flat when empty, it only takes ONE truck to get flex packaging to the manufacturers to be filled with their products, instead of 26 trucks of traditional bottles or cans, greatly reducing the overall environmental impact of this packaging.
Treated with a chemical wax-like coating, frozen food boxes do not break down during the paper recycling process and often contaminate other materials. As a rule – any paper product or packaging designed to resist moisture should not go in your recycle cart.
No, these types of plastics are often called “bioplastics.” It presents a problem in the recycling industry as it often looks like regular plastic, making it difficult for consumers to tell the difference. Bioplastics are designed to break down and degrade. If mixed with regular plastics it will create defective recycled products.