SJ Transfer station accepting commingled recycling

San Juan Island Transfer Station is once again accepting co-mingled recycling, including plastics and glass. Lautenbach staff reminds everyone that it is very important to be certain your recycling items meet the guidelines and are clean. Plastic (#1-7), glass, and tin containers needed to be emptied of food or they are considered trash. Cardboard needs to be clean and dry.

Avoid "wishful recycling" - putting something in the recycling bin and hoping it's recyclable.



According to Lautenbach staff, the China Green Sword regulations that prompted the co-mingle shut down are still going into effect and contamination remains a concern for end facilities. If you have questions, contact staff via the transfer station's Facebook page

3 comments

  • Steve Ulvi Monday, 27 November 2017 06:22 Comment Link

    Keith is so right. Early community recycling efforts in places that we have lived always required separation of distinct recyclables. Now that many of us recognize the urgency of completing the recycling loop and making it profitable for someone employing the smallest carbon footprint possible (shipping to China..really?) separation of clean items is a must. As Keith suggests, this process also properly puts the onus of home and business recycling squarely where it belongs...with the original consumer. Co-mingling just asks for problems and free-riders just wanting to be lazy but still collect their "we recycle!!" badge of honor.

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  • Steve Ulvi Monday, 27 November 2017 06:21 Comment Link

    Keith is so right. Early community recycling efforts in places that we have lived always required separation of distinct recyclables. Now that many of us recognize the urgency of completing the recycling loop and making it profitable for someone employing the smallest carbon footprint possible (shipping to China..really?) separation of clean items is a must. As Keith suggests, this process also properly puts the onus of home and business recycling squarely where it belongs...with the original consumer. Co-mingling just asks for problems and free-riders just wanting to be lazy but still collect their "we recycle!!" badge of honor.

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  • Keith Keyser Wednesday, 22 November 2017 08:03 Comment Link

    contamination due to "wishful recycling" items intermixed with legitimate recyclables is going to be an ongoing problem due to the nature of the comingled arrangement. Far better is a model that offers separate bins for each category of recyclable. This puts the onus of segregation in the hands of the consumer who is rewarded with either a reduced fee or none at all for what must be an improved value product as the cost of separation is removed. End clients who can reuse these items will no doubt pay more for a more pure recycled product.

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