Contamination of a Recycling Drop Box

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Auxier Recycling Dropoff Trash


It is common for people to collect their recyclables in plastic bags, and then drop them in a public recycling drop-off box.  While this is a convenient way to collect and carry recyclables, the plastic bags can cause real problems at the recycling center.


Many recycling facilities, including the facility that services the Clermont County drop-offs, are set up to handle predominately rigid (hard) materials that are easier to separate using machinery: aluminum cans, glass bottles, plastic containers and lids, metal cans, cardboard/paper, etc. They generally don’t accept softer items such as clothes, old carpeting or that stash of used grocery bags. Plastic bags and other soft materials can cause real problems at these types of recycling plants by becoming wrapped up in and clogging equipment.


It’s not that used plastic bags, wraps and film can’t be recycled into new materials, it’s that they simply require a different collection system and processing equipment. Many retail locations such as Kroger, Wal-Mart, Target, and other grocery and home improvement stores, provide collection bins for plastic bags, usually in the storefront close to the main entrance. From here, the bags are sent to a facility where they can be recycled and turned into new products, such as backyard decking, fences, playground equipment, pipes, and even new plastic bags. 


So please don’t put plastic bags/wraps/film in the public drop off boxes.  But please DO recycle them. Since you picked up your grocery or shopping bags at these stores, why not just return them on your next trip?  By doing this, you will be sure that they end up at a facility that can recycle them, and eliminate costly problems at recycling plants designed for other materials.



Before bringing any materials to Clermont County drop off locations for recycling, please check the boxes to see what items are accepted and what items are NOT accepted. If you have any questions about whether or not something can be recycled, call the Adams-Clermont Solid Waste District at 513-732-7745.

Check the new Ohio Materials Market Place to advertise or acquire scrap or by-product materials,

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