Global Recycling Crisis Puts Greater Focus on Recycling Contamination
Over the past year, there have been global concerns over recyclable material quality and these expectations are not going away.
In January 2018, China will no longer accept 26 types of recyclable materials into their country. Nearly 60% of recyclable materials generated in California are currently exported to China and other Asian markets. As a result, processing mills throughout the country and the world are demanding recycling facilities ship only recyclables with less than one percent contamination which is a significant change in material requirement standards. A minimal amount of contamination such as garbage, green waste or other debris can ruin a complete load of recyclable material. Quality of recyclable material can impact your costs should contamination require recycling being dumped as trash.
Please help us prevent and reduce contamination of recyclable material by reviewing the guidelines below and seeing what materials are accepted in our residential recycling program.
Recycling is Easy with EDI!
With our commingled recycling program, you can put all of your recyclables in one container. All you need to remember is what you CAN and what you CAN’T put in your blue recycling cart.
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Soiled disposable plates or cups, soiled paper towels, soiled tissue, carbon paper, plastic bags (NO plastic grocery bags, newspaper delivery bags or chip/snack bags), ceramics, drinking glasses, Styrofoam packing peanuts, mirrors, batteries, light bulbs, clothing or shoes.
EDI's Recycling Guidelines
Glass Bottles & Jars*
Recycle all food and beverage containers—clear and colored glass.
Flatten or cut boxes to a size that fits comfortably inside recycling cart.
Recycle your newspaper and everything that is delivered with it—including inserts, coupons, etc.
Recycle aluminum cans and steel cans—including clean & dry paint cans, and empty aerosol cans. Also, recycle aluminum foil.
To recycle cartons, place empty cartons in recycling cart along with all paper, metal, plastic, and glass recyclables accepted through the program. Please ensure that food and beverage cartons are clean before placing them in the recycling cart. They do not require rinsing as long as they are empty.
Recycle all rigid plastics, such as bottles, jugs, and jars, marked to , and all beverage containers labeled "CA Redemption Value" or "CA Cash Refund" including:
- Food & Beverage Containers — Milk, soda, water, salad dressings, cooking oil, yogurt containers, cottage cheese containers, etc.
- Jars & Canisters — Peanut butter jars, mayonnaise jars, aspirin bottles and 35mm film canisters.
- Cleaning Products & Detergents — Bleach, detergent, soap, shampoo, drain cleaners, etc. (Containers must be empty.)
- Automotive & Yard Care Products — EMPTY motor oil, antifreeze, plant food and herbicide containers.
- Miscellaneous Rigid Plastics — Including, but not limited to, plastic buckets with metal handles, plastic drums, totes & empty garbage cans, plastic milk crates, kitty litter buckets, laundry baskets, lawn furniture, and pet carriers, plastic toys, plastic agricultural trays/pots, plastic pallets, and other mixed plastic containers.
Look on the bottom of a plastic item and you should find the "chasing arrow" symbol with a number in the center like the two shown
( to ).
*All food and beverage containers do not require rinsing as long as they are empty and free of food and liquids.
Recycle virtually all clean and dry paper including: writing paper (all colors), computer paper, Xerox paper, "no carbon required" (NCR) forms, catalogs, brochures, magazines, junk mail, phone books, post-it type notes, and shredded paper (place shredded paper inside paper bags to contain shreds). EDI accepts them all, PLUS if those items have staples, window envelopes, or even those little metal clasps on legal envelopes, they're OK, too! But, please, no large metal items like clasps on Acofastener notebooks or 3-ring binders.
You can also recycle cereal boxes and other clean food packaging, including cake boxes, flour bags, frozen dinner boxes, paper egg cartons, and soda/beer 12-pack carrying boxes. Also recycle paper grocery bags, gift boxes, shoe boxes, paper gift wrap, calendars, and core tubes from paper towels, etc.
- Plastic grocery bags can be returned to grocery stores for recycling or they can be reused.
- Batteries and light bulbs need to be disposed of properly and not placed in trash or recycling containers. Visit our website for proper disposal of HHW items.
Items that are too large to place in blue recycling cart can be dropped off at no cost at any of our Buyback Centers.
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