What’s Changed With Recycling?

By: Alexandra Clarke, Walsh Jesuit High School Senior Experience Student

With the continuing growth of recycling, requirements have changed in order to make it easier on the recycling plants.

As of December of 2013 the city of Akron has made some changes to the recycling process. One of the biggest changes is that they no longer want the recyclables to be placed in clear or blue plastic bags inside the bins, now the materials can be placed loosely in the bin and simply rolled to the curb. This change came about because plastic bags make the process more difficult on the plant. Workers must open and remove the bags from cans, and the bags can clog the machinery and momentarily stop the recycling process.

In addition to no longer wanting recyclables bagged here are other changes and reminders for Akron residents who use curbside recycling in a list of do’s & don’ts:

Do recycle:

  • Milk, juice, broth, soup and other food and beverage cartons after rinsing them out and flattening the cartons
  • Plastics No. 1 through No. 7
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Aluminum and metal cans, glass bottles and jars, labels can remain on the containers
  • Non-shredded paper products including newspapers, office/school papers, junk mail, phone books, cereal boxes, and tissue boxesNo_Sign_with_new_items_5_30_12

Don’t recycle:

  • Styrofoam
  • Bottle caps and lids
  • Aluminum foil
  • Food waste
  • Leaves, grass clippings or brush
  • Light bulbs
  • Pizza boxes
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Aerosol cans
  • Plastic wrap
  • Tarps
  • Tissues/ Napkins
  • Campaign signs
  • Electronic waste
  • Medical waste
  • Ceramics
  • Wood

If you don’t and would like to begin participating in the recycling program call 3-1-1 from any landline within the city or 330-375-2311 from any telephone to request a recycling bin!

Remember curb service customers who participate in recycling recieve a $2.50 discount per month and pay $19 compared to the $21.50 charged to customers who do not recycle. Make sure to start recycling today to not only save yourself money but help save the environment!



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