As of January 1, 2018, SaniPro, our refuse collector, will no longer be accepting plastic bags in our single-stream recycling program. This includes plastic bags of any kind and size, even if there is a recycling symbol on the bag. All recyclables must be loose and unbagged and placed in recycling containers.
This is not a Town decision, nor policy. This has nothing to do with our ban on plastic bags that was instituted this year. This is a policy of the recycling facility that accepts our recycling. Leaving recyclables in any sort of plastic bag creates a major problem for the recycling facility. Plastic bags cannot be sorted from other materials by existing machinery. Instead, they get caught in the conveyor belts and jam spinning wheels. The bags bring the entire sorting station to a halt. This problem is not unique to our recycling facility. It’s a problem for recycling facilities across the country.
If you use garbage bags to store and transport your recyclables, empty the bag out into the single-stream bin and reuse the bag or discard it in your regular household garbage.
If recyclables are in plastic bags, the bag will not be picked up and the SaniPro sticker shown below will be affixed to the plastic bag as a reminder.