In order to recycle a material, that material needs to have a cost-effective way to get to a location that can process the material. Just because a material is recyclable doesn’t mean that it can get to a recycler in a cost-effective way. This is especially true with a single stream recycling system.
A single stream recycling system is where many kinds of recyclable material are placed in a container; then dumped into a truck. The truck then takes the material to a sorting center (MRF). At the MRF the different materials are sorted out and sent to appropriate recyclers that are available in their geographical market.
Recycling Alternatives to Single Stream
Single Material Collection Locations
Clean Paper and Cardboard
Schools in West Valley City have a dumpster that they have available for collection of clean paper and clean cardboard. The money they receive is used for School purposes. The paper collected is recycled by a company in West Valley City.
GlassThere are three locations in WVC where there are dumpsters for collecting glass bottles. The glass is used to make insulation.
What To Put in Your Recycling Can
Clean paper and cardboard
regular paper and cardboard that isn’t coated
Plastic bottles and jugs
Milk bottles, water bottles, detergent bottles, and soda bottles
Metal cans (aluminum, steel, or tin)
Soda cans; metal cans that contain food such as meat, soup, or vegetables.
Unacceptable Items to Put in Your Recycling Can
Plastic shopping bags
Coated paper (photography, glossy magazine covers, etc.)
Coated cardboard (milk or broth cartons covered in wax; cardboard bonded with plastic, etc)