Throughout 2019 Solid Waste & Recycling partnered with Hennepin County and the City of St. Paul on the Recycle Smart campaign. The campaign focused on providing education about some of the most problematic and frequent contamination items found in recycling carts through Recycling Reminder emails, social media posts, bus ads, a utility bill insert, cart hanger and our website.
We are happy to report that we started 2020 with a 1.35% reduction in recycling contamination! This brings the contamination rate down to 8.51%. While this is a great result, we can do better!
Keeping non-recyclable items out of your cart helps reduce challenges with collection, sorting, and processing your items into something new. If you put the right things in your cart, they will be recycled. Recycle Smart, do your part and pledge to only put the right items in your recycling cart.
- Mail, office and school papers
- Magazines, newspaper and inserts
- Boxes (food, beverage, toiletries)
- Steel and aluminum cans
- Glass jars and bottles
- Plastic bottles, containers, jugs (#1, 2, 5)
- Cartons (milk, broth, juice)
- Plastic bags
- Bagged recycling
- Large plastic items (laundry baskets, storage tubs, toys)
- Random metal items (pots and pans, pipes and poles, hangers)
- Food-soiled paper (napkins, paper towels, paper plates, fast-food wrap)
- Straws and utensils
- Electronics and batteries
- Hazardous materials (motor oil, propane tanks, etc.)
- Medical waste (sharps: needles and syringes, lancets)
- Tanglers (hoses, cords, holiday lights, etc.)