Waste Connections Resumes “Recycle Right” Program

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Waste Connections will resume a county-wide recycling education program beginning next week. The program was briefly put on pause due to Covid-19, and will have added health and safety precautions in place with its restart.

Starting June 8, a team of Recycling Advocates from Waste Connections will be checking recycle carts that residents have set out at the curb on their service day. The team will follow companywide health and safety protocols that have been reviewed by Clark County Public Health. Recycling Advocates will be easily identifiable; they wear safety vests and drive a Waste Connections vehicle. Team members only lift the cart lid, peek at its contents, and note items that should not be in the cart. They do not touch or remove items, nor collect any personal information from the cart. If unacceptable items are present, team members will leave an educational tag, letting residents know which items do not belong. The team began tracking the types of unaccepted items found in carts when the program rolled out in January.

The three most common unaccepted items found in blue recycle carts from January to March were:

– Plastic bags/wrap;
– Plastic clamshell containers, such as berry containers;
– Fridge/freezer food boxes.

These items cannot be recycled in the blue recycle cart and should be put in the trash.

The success of the regional recycling program depends heavily on everyone’s efforts to recycle right by putting only acceptable items in the curbside recycling cart. Visit the Waste Connections website or download the free RecycleRight app for all your reuse, recycling, and disposal questions.

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