Recycling continues to be a hot button topic around our region as municipalities make hard decisions about what to do with their programs. Here in Chesapeake, we’ve negotiated a five-month interim contract with TFC Recycling which will continue to provide the same service you’ve been getting all along through the end of the fiscal year. What happens after that is still being reviewed as part of the City’s Operating Budget development and we’ll be sure to keep you updated along the way.
The most important thing that we can all do now is recycle right. Think paper, bottles, cans, and cartons. Here are some examples of what’s accepted in the blue bin:
- Paper: Office paper, cardboard boxes (flattened), paper bags, magazines, newspapers
- Bottles: Plastic bottles with a #1 or #2 on the bottom; glass bottles of any color
- Cans: Aluminum soda cans, tin or steel vegetable cans
- Cartons: Orange juice, shelf stable soup, almond milk
Keep in mind that shape matters. Yes, plastic #1 is accepted but only if it’s in the form of a bottle. Yes, tin is accepted but only if it’s in the form of a can. And no, don’t bag your recyclables in a plastic garbage bag! Plastic bags need to stay far away from your recycling bin.
Because of how volatile the entire recycling industry is right now, it’s better to air on the side of caution when choosing what to recycle. If in doubt, throw it out.