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10 easy ways to cut back on common household disposable items.

With recycling markets in flux and the rules for what can and can’t be recycled changing, it’s easy to get discouraged about the amount of stuff you now need to throw away. The good news is that you can choose not to use some of that stuff in the first place — opting instead for reusable items and cutting down on the overall number of everyday items you need to dispose of.

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Limited Plastic Bottle and Jug Recycling: Learn the Full Story.

Beginning October 1, we are adding two new materials to the list of items you can drop off at the Transfer Station Recycling Depot.

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Why is recycling as we know it changing?

What do plastic grocery bags, used coffee cups, pizza boxes and Styrofoam have to do with a rapidly changing recycling landscape? They lead the list of things typically found in the recycling cart that can’t, in fact, be recycled.

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Exploring the three Rs of waste management — Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

In order to keep as much material out of the landfill as possible, it’s important for each of us to do our part. One of the ways to put that plan into action is through the 3 Rs of waste management — Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

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Master Recycler program empowers waste prevention ambassadors.

Are you passionate about preventing waste, increasing recycling, conserving natural resources and making a difference right here in our area? If so, you should consider becoming a Jackson County Master Recycler. Our volunteer team of waste prevention ambassadors work within their communities to cultivate public awareness and support a variety of projects and programs related to recycling. As a master recycler, you will share your knowledge and motivate others to make resource conservation a way of life.

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The mess with mixed paper.

The recycling world has changed. Most of the paper and paperboard (cereal boxes, shoes boxes, paper towel tubes) we used to take at the curb is now considered a contaminant when mixed with other materials. According to the processors who sort and sell the materials to mills and overseas markets, unsorted paper (a mix of paper products that includes office paper, junk mail, cereal/shoe/cracker boxes, paper towel/toilet tubes) is no longer wanted by China — the world’s main market for this material. And U.S. markets for unsorted paper are virtually non-existent. This means that since January 1st of 2018, there haven’t been adequate markets here or abroad for mixed paper. So it’s stacking up all over the globe.

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Slowing the flow of unwanted mail.

Every time you fill out a product warranty card, purchase a new home or car, supply your credit card information to a lender, open a credit card or give the clerk at a retail store your name and address, odds are your name goes onto a mailing list. Some companies use that list solely for themselves. Others sell their lists to other companies… who, in turn, can sell their lists to other companies. Before you know it, you’re getting catalogs, credit card offers, sales letters, postcards and more — all from companies hungry for your business.

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Keeping contaminants out of the recycling stream.

If you’ve heard anything about recycling lately, odds are you’ve heard the term “contaminants.” But what exactly is recycling contamination? Why is it a big deal? And how does it impact recycling here in our area?

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