Do you know what can and cannot be recycled?
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Solid Waste Management District is thanking people who stop by the District Transfer Station off Route 7 in Middlebury to recycle their plastic bags and film plastic. Since this program’s beginning nine months ago, the district has had more than 800 customers drop off plastic film amounting to 3,550 pounds kept out of the landfill. With the assistance and addition of plastic film from Middlebury College, a total of 6,049 pounds has been sent out for recycling.
With big numbers like those, the solid waste management district wants to keep the program going strong. It has been noticing some contamination in its collection bin, so officials want to remind everyone about the kinds of plastic bags and films we can NOT accept in the program:
• No resealable pouches
• No grape bags or cherry bags
• No snack food bags
• No meat and cheese packaging
• No pre-washed salad mix bags
• No chip bags
• No candy and granola bar wrappers
• No frozen food packaging
• No vacuum seal bags
• No paper envelopes lined with bubble wrap
• No pet food and bird seed bags
• No woven grain and feed bags
• No cellophane
• No mulch bags, soil bags or agricultural plastic
• No six pack rings
• No compostable or biodegradable plastic
This is not an exhaustive list. For an updated printout of what is and is not accepted, please visit: AddisonCountyRecycles.org/ guide/plastic-bags-film-wrap. If you have any of the above plastic, please throw it in the trash. The more contamination, the greater the risk of entire truckloads being rejected by our m a n u f a c t u r i n g partner
Please note: plastic bags and film plastic are not allowed in your blue bin for recycling. It must be kept separate for special recycling at the District Transfer Station or at your local grocery store.
Want to learn more about this program and become an expert plastic bag and film recycler? Sign up for our free workshop on Sept. 12 at the Ilsley Library from 6-7 p.m. by emailing [email protected].
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