Archive for September, 2020

The Woes of Wish-Cycling

Recycling is an ever changing and dynamic process. This means that sometimes something that you may have always been putting in your curbside recycling bin can become prohibited. It can also mean that something with a recycling symbol or something that ‘seems’ recyclable is actually not recyclable in that way that we may think.

‘Wish-cycling” is a common word for this. We may hold something in our hands and think to ourselves; “this must be recyclable!” So, we put this in our curbside bin, hoping that we can recycle it, hoping that we are making the best decision. In reality, if you are really questioning something, odds are it likely cannot be recycled in your curbside bin. But, there may be other ways you can dispose of it without having to throw it in the trash. Wish-cycling is harmful in many ways. It wastes time, money and can even create more waste!

Time is wasted when the machines stop or are jammed by something that does not belong in them. These machines are designed to process certain items, when something new is added into the mix the machine will not process it properly. Money is wasted because workers need more time to fix machinery. An article by Earth 911 notes that about $250,000 is wasted annually due to wish-cycling. Finally, more waste is created by wish-cycling! When something that is not permitted to be recycled is spotted in a load of clean recyclables, the entire load is them thrown away and considered contaminated.

It can be difficult to know what to do with all of the items in your home, and even harder to have to throw something away when you want so badly for it to be able to be recycled.

If you ever wonder if something can be recycled, or what you can do with it if it isn’t recyclables you can call DPW at 781-665-0142 or check out the Recycle Smart Ma Recyclopedia.

Have you heard? Pizza Boxes are in!

Paper mills across the U.S. have now decided that pizza boxes are fully recyclable! Yes, this means both halves of the box including the side with cheese and grease. Did you know, according to Fibre Box Association, that there are about 3 billion pizza boxes used in the U.S. every year? That equals about 600,000 tons of material that can be recycled rather than wasted!

You’re not alone in thinking that pizza grease or even small cheese residue will cause damage to manufacturing. The Recycling Partnership has even noted that around 73% of municipalities do not have clear guidelines on recycling pizza boxes. But, new studies have found that the grease and cheese on the box (when in small quantities) will not cause any damage to machinery. AF&PA President and CEO Heidi Brock says, “corrugated (brown) pizza boxes are successfully recycled every day at paper mills throughout the country… so let’s be clear: consumers should not be concerned about grease or cheese – simply remove any leftover pizza and place the box in the recycle bin”. 

The recent call for consumers to recycle pizza boxes is due to COVID-19. This is because shipping and packaging needs have gone up so dramatically since the start of the pandemic. Pizza boxes can be broken down and turned into new cardboard which can be repurposed into shipping boxes.

So, next time you have pizza night, make sure to dump the leftovers and place your entire pizza box in your recycling bin!

Motor Oil, Gas & Antifreeze Event!

Don’t forget we have the motor oil, gas, and antifreeze event this Saturday 9/19 from 8-12 at City Yard! For this event we are taking CHECKS only. Your first two gallons are free and it is $2 a gallon after that.

Call us at 781-665-0142 with any questions.