We’ve all been told recycling is important for the environment, but that’s only if it’s done properly. Knowing where materials go and disposing of them correctly is an easy way to invest in our community and keep the City of Annapolis sustainable for many years to come.
Having unacceptable materials mixed in with your recyclables contaminates the entire container, resulting in getting left behind on the curb. Avoid this happening to you by knowing what materials go where.
If everyone joins our commitment to Rethink Recycling, we can decrease contamination, reduce the amount of recyclables filling our landfill and improve our City’s recycling rate.
When it comes to recycling, not all plastics are created equal. While some can be re-melted into new products, others just jam facility equipment. To help do your part with proper recycling, it’s critical to know the difference.
Bagging recyclables is also a thing of the past. Skip this unnecessary extra step and simply place all recycling items loose in the container.
If you use a bag to collect all household recyclables, empty the materials into the container and either reuse the bag, toss it in the trash or bring it to a local retailer that can accept it as recycling. The City does not accept bags for curbside recycling.
The key to proper recycling is remembering the four collectible materials. If you’re ever unsure about something being recyclable, send us an email, and we can help you determine where it goes. Otherwise, toss that one item in the trash to avoid contaminating your entire recycling container!
With our single stream collection process, we pick up your recyclables and transport them to the material recovery facility where they get separated by various types and processed. All you need to do is simply gather your recycling each week and toss them together in your Annapolis Recycles container.
For products made with both recyclable and non-recyclable materials - like cereal box - sort the different components from each other. Place the cardboard box into recycling and toss the plastic bag out with the trash!
Other products, like a jar of peanut butter, must be cleaned before recycling. Scrape the sides and the bottom removing as much of the material as possible to remove food contamination. If more than a little is left stuck to the sides of the jar, toss the jar in the trash and recycle only the lid.