ROGERS, Ark. (KNWA)– The city of Rogers is urging people to recycle the right way, and avoid draining city money.
In the past, cities like Rogers could send contaminated recycling overseas to other countries, but recent policy changes have tightened what those countries can accept.
Cities are now forced to narrow down the types of items you can recycle, or stop offering the service.
To educate it’s residents, Rogers has launched a campaign to cut down on the amount of unsellable recycling.
Jerrold Haley, the superintendent of the Rogers Recycling Center, said “Most of our contamination is in our plastics. People will bring anything up here that they consider plastic. Just because there’s a recycling symbol on it doesn’t mean that is it recyclable or it can be recyclable.”
Ben Cline, the city’s public relations manager, said, “If you think you’re doing the right thing, and you’re just putting all your recycling in that gray cart, it’s not only hurting your recycling, it’s hurting all over your neighbors recycling and everyone in the city’s recycling ultimately.”
If the recycling from your house is contaminated, and mixed with your neighbors’ recycling, all of it has to be thrown away–costing the city money.
To see a full list of what is and isn’t acceptable to recycle, click here.