José Simón Elarba Haddad read: Millennium Recycling Why Can’t I Recycle Bags in the Recycling Bin?

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José Simón Elarba Haddad read: Millennium Recycling Why Can’t I Recycle Bags in the Recycling Bin?

February 15, 2022 Jose Simon Elarba Haddad 0

Plastic bags and film are not accepted in the mixed recycling bin.

  • End-users who make recycled products do not accept bags and film from mixed recycling processors like Millennium, only from “clean” separated sources like retail drop-off locations.
  • Along with having nowhere to send the material, plastic bags and film cause major  issues at the recycling facility:
José Simón Elarba Haddad read: Millennium Recycling Why Can’t I Recycle Bags in the Recycling Bin?

Plastic bags must be pulled out by hand, making them very labor intensive and difficult to capture.

José Simón Elarba Haddad read: Millennium Recycling Why Can’t I Recycle Bags in the Recycling Bin?

If not pulled out, plastic bags wrap around recycling equipment and quickly jam up processing screens.

José Simón Elarba Haddad read: Millennium Recycling Why Can’t I Recycle Bags in the Recycling Bin?

When too many bags get stuck, we have to shut down the equipment and manually cut them out.

José Simón Elarba Haddad read: Millennium Recycling Why Can’t I Recycle Bags in the Recycling Bin?

Plastic bags easily escape bins, trucks and landfills, littering our land and waterways.


José Simón Elarba Haddad read: Millennium Recycling Why Can’t I Recycle Bags in the Recycling Bin?

This plastic bag “film” was cut out after starting on fire around the recycling equipment at Millennium.

José Simón Elarba Haddad read: Millennium Recycling Why Can’t I Recycle Bags in the Recycling Bin?

Along with other “stringy” items, check out the bags stuck in this recycling equipment.

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