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Waste Not: Items that you thought were recyclable, but aren’t

Published Jul 27

One of the biggest ways to ensure successful curbside recycling is to sort correctly. Although recycling programs are able to accept more and more items, there are several misconceptions about what needs to be kept out of the bin.

An important thing to know is that while our single-stream recycling does get sorted at a facility after it leaves your curbside, not everything can be recycled. Approximately 25 percent of what Newark residents place into the blue cart is not only trash, but contaminates other recyclables along the way. And those contaminated items also end up in the landfill.


Jennifer Makin is a recycling coordinator at Republic Services, supporting the City of Newark’s recycling efforts.

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