Ocean Pines and Republic Services, as part of a new educational campaign, are asking residents to be aware of recycling guidelines for local trash collection.
Republic Services will only accept the following items in marked recycling bins: flattened cardboard, paper, metal cans, and plastic bottles and jugs.
Food, trash and other waste contaminates recycling and will cause containers to not be collected. Any contaminated material will have to be removed from the recycle container and placed into the curbside trash.
“This will be the responsibility of the resident,” Division Manager Anthony Spirito said. “Republic Services designated trash collection trucks are not permitted to pick up any container marked recycling – only designated recycling trucks are permitted to do so. Any recycling remaining would be collected on the next scheduled recycle pick up day.”
All recyclables should be kept empty, clean and dry, and free of any food or liquid. Items should also be kept loose, rather than in separate containers or bags.
Items that cannot be recycled include plastic bags and wrappers, soiled paper, Styrofoam, clothing and shoes, greasy pizza boxes, tools, food, toys, electronics and batteries, construction waste, medical items, yard waste, diapers, and scrap metal.
On Thursday, Aug. 8 and Friday, Aug. 9, recycling containers that are contaminated will be marked with a sticker as part of the educational campaign. Republic Services will also take part in Ocean Pines’ National Night Out event, on Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 5-7 p.m. in White Horse Park on 235 Ocean Parkway. Representatives from the company will be available to answer any questions.
Republic Services collects about 120 tons of recyclable items per month from Ocean Pines, which makes up roughly 40 percent of collections in this division. The company also serves areas including Cambridge, Maryland and Lewes, Delaware.
Increased costs to recycle items, decreased demand for certain recycled materials, and an increase in the number of contaminated items has led to difficulties with recycling programs worldwide. Locally, about 35-40 percent of recycling containers include contaminated items that cannot be recycled.
According to Republic, “When it comes to recycling, everyone has a part to play. Working together, we can make sure recyclable materials don’t end up in our lakes and landfills. At Republic Services, we believe in the preservation of our Blue Planet™, a cleaner, safer and healthier world where people thrive—not just for today, but for generations to come.”
To learn more, visit www.RecyclingSimplified.com.