What should or should not go in those light blue recycling cans or bins? On KVNU’s For the People program on Tuesday, Emily Malik of Logan City’s Environmental Department said it varies and is different around the state of Utah and the United States.
“It’s definitely confusing for people,” she said, “but there’s a lot of misconceptions out there because recycling is done differently all over the United States or even from city to city. We’re lucky that all of Cache County is the same up here.”
But she said there is still confusion about what goes into the blue can. Malik said, for the most part, local residents are good recyclers as they don’t outright put garbage into the recycling cans, with a few exceptions. But Logan City sent out a press release last week that said improper recycling needs to stop. According to Malik, a lot of plastic can be recycled but not plastic bags.
“We do get a lot of plastic bags: your plastic grocery bags, ziplocks, produce bags. I would say that seven out of 10 times that is what is the contamination in the can,” she explained. “Those aren’t supposed to go in your blue can at all.
“They’re just not easy to recycle. You can take them back to grocery stores that participate in the bag recycling program, but that’s definitely something we don’t want in the blue recycling container.”
Malik said added to that is the perception that it’s okay to bag your recyclables. But the city really prefers to have things loose in the container. Another thing not needed is styrofoam which shows up in the containers.
AUDIO: Emily Malik talks with Jason Williams about recycling