Flagstaff battles recycle contamination

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Contamination of recyclables is at a higher than normal level, which means added costs for processing recyclables.

Contamination is defined as "any item that is placed ... with recyclables which is not accepted by the Material Recovery Facility (MRF). Items that are accepted for recycling include: rigid plastics No. 1 through No. 7, paper, cardboard, steel and aluminum cans.

It is equally important to know what types of items are not recyclable and are not accepted at the MRF. These include:

• Aluminum foil

• Clothes - Clothing in good condition should be donated to a local organization and unusable clothing should be placed in trash receptacles.

• Food

• Furniture

• Glass - Cannot be placed with regular recycling. Flagstaff has seven convenient locations where glass can be dropped off.

• Household hazardous waste - The Hazardous Products Center accepts hazardous liquids such as paints/stains, cleaners and gas/oil. Call (928) 527-9005 for more information.

• Paper plates, cups/straws and plastic spoons/forks.

• Plastic shopping bags - These can be taken to local stores for recycling.

• Plastic wrap

• Styrofoam

• Tires - Tires are accepted at Coconino County Waste Tire Yard, call (928) 526-2735 for more information.

• Wood/Green waste

For more recycling information and a complete list of acceptable items visit www.flagstaff.az.gov/recycle.

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