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Posted on: February 5, 2020

Township helps residents to Recycle Right with new campaign

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THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS (February 5, 2020) – The Woodlands Township has a new education campaign for residents to better understand how to Recycle Right. Between February and April of 2020, Township staff will affix a Recycle Right educational tag to each residential recycling cart. Residents are encouraged to save the tag and refer to it for which items to place in the recycle cart. The campaign is for general education only, as no inspections of cart contents will be made.

“Recent changes in international recycling trade policy have affected market conditions and led to stricter quality standards for recyclable materials. To help meet these standards and keep our residential recycling program strong, The Woodlands Township has set a goal of 25 percent or less contamination in the residential curbside program. Recent contamination rates in The Woodlands have averaged 24 percent, on par with the national average,” says Township Environmental Services Manager John Geiger.

Contamination is considered to be anything in the cart that is not on the accepted recyclables list, which can be found online on the Township website or on the top of residents’ recycle cart lid. Common contaminants include plastic bags, greasy pizza boxes, Styrofoam, wires and coat hangers. Recyclables that are bundled inside a plastic bag and then placed in the cart are considered contaminants, as well.

The Township reminds residents to please not bag recyclables, but instead place them loose inside the cart. “Severe contamination may cause the entire load of recyclables to be sent to the landfill. It is important for the Township to inform all residents the proper way to Recycle Right by following the guidelines. This ensures materials get recycled, costs are kept low and the success of the program continues,” Mr. Geiger adds.

For more information about recycling in The Woodlands, please visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/recycling, email enviro@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov or call 281-210-3800.

Cart Tagging Procedure

When: February - April

Where: All single-family homes within the Township

What: Township employees will be placing an educational tag on each recycling cart on their regular service day. There will be no opening of lids or inspection of contents.  The tag will be placed on residential recycling carts to help residents better understand how to Recycle Right. 

Residential Recycling Guidelines

  • Do not bag recyclables.
  • Do not put plastic bags in cart.
  • Empty, rinse and put caps back on container.

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