Hopefully by now, you've heard that recycling has changed in Lancaster County. Residents should place only the "Big 4" in their recycling bins: 1) corrugated cardboard, 2) plastic bottles and jugs with a neck, 3) metal food and beverage cans, and 4) glass bottles and jars.
But you may not have heard that Lancaster County is not the only community impacted by recent recycling changes. The "recycling crisis" has created significant challenges for recycling programs across the United States. So, how did we get here?
For many years, well-meaning "wishful recyclers" have incorrectly believed that most things are recyclable. In part, this misconception grew from the waste industry's desire to facilitate a convenient process for recyclers. The message was: "Put it all in your bin. We'll sort it later." Unfortunately, this convenience turned problematic when contamination levels increased... continue reading article