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Recycling in Adair: what not to bring to the Center
By Bridget Compton
Adair County Fiscal Court Clerk, Solid Waste Coordinator
I am so grateful for your support for recycling in our community. I have included some pictures I took while working at the Adair County Recycling Center and sorting that may help the public better understand some of the issues the recycling center faces in trying to protect employees and contamination of other recyclable goods.
None of these items that I have included in the pictures are recyclable.
Unfortunately, like other markets, the cost of goods are down due to COVID-19 - and the recycling market was hit hard last year and down already. So we need to do everything we can as a community to ensure we salvage every bit of recyclable materials we can and not create more unnecessary costs by including items that are contaminated and simply not accepted in the first place.
In hopes of answering the question about the Ensure bottles... all bottles have a recycling symbol with a number on the bottom of it. The recycling center does not collect anything that has a number 5 or number 7, or does not have a recycling symbol or number at all.
I did contact our vendor about some items I noticed we had a lot of, to see if they would accept them, and they DO NOT - such as: plastic bags of any kind (Walmart bags can be taken to Walmart to be recycled), pill bottles, Styrofoam, plastic food containers and wrapping, plastic k cups, plastic flower pots, plastic chemical bottles are just a few of the items I noticed.
Also all newspapers must have the slicks (coupons, inserts, etc.) removed since our vendor does not accept any newsprint with mixed paper. At this time especially we are very fortunate to have a vendor who will accept mixed loads and is still picking up. A lot of counties are still not able to open and have pickups.
If anyone has questions please feel free to contact me at the Judge's office anytime.
This story was posted on 2020-06-11 06:43:43
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