To Boxford Residents;
Contamination levels in recycling has become a serious issue with unmarketable materials. Residents continue to include diapers, wooden crates, gas jugs, paint cans, garden hoses, Christmas lights, and worst of all plastic bags in recycling receptacles.
As a reminder, JRM cannot accept plastic bags in with recycling material. The bags get tangled in the sorting equipment and are no longer acceptable in any recycling sorting facilities.
Last year we had started a 4 week program when we were leaving the items at the curb with orange stickers reminding residents that the unacceptable plastic bags are not to be included with curbside recycling. For the most part the warnings worked and plastic bags started to disappear and contamination levels in the recycling loads decreased.
Unfortunately, due to the current depressed recycling market conditions, the level of acceptable contamination for single stream has continued to decrease with a zero tolerance for any unacceptable items.
Effective 1-1-18, JRM service crews will be leaving plastic bags and other unacceptable materials behind with orange stickers to again remind residents that they are not acceptable in with the curbside recycling.
We believe that the zero tolerance for the plastic bags is here to stay. JRM is committed to working with all of our Municipal Partners to educate and inform residents of any unacceptable recycling items for curbside collection.
Kendell L. Longo
Director of Public Health
Town of Boxford
7A Spofford Road
Boxford, MA 01921