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Recycling Gets an Update

October 08, 2019
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

On Friday, September 27, I had the opportunity to tour Waste Management’s recycling plant in Germantown with members of Sustain Fond du Lac

This PDF explains why we no longer export recycling waste to China

The PDF offers recycling guidelines on 2 pages—what is acceptable and what is not. One difference from what is pictured is that the Germantown plant does not accept the lightly waxed milk/juice cartons because they do not have a market to sell them to at this time. 

When asked for their 3 top requests of Fond du Lac recyclers they said:

  1. Do not put recyclable items in plastic bags.  They take no plastic bags of any kind.
  2. Recycle only what is asked for in the guidelines:  Be sure that plastic thrown in the recycle bin has the triangle.  Only # 1, 2, 4, and 5  plastics are recycled at the Germantown plant.  No black plastic.
  3. Do not “wish” recycle.  Do not put in the recycle bin items that do not fit the accepted criteria in hopes that it will get recycled.  It will not.

Other tips:

  • Rinse food containers
  • Keep plastic tops on plastic bottles; take tops off glass bottles  
  • Paper smaller than 8 ½ by 11 will usually separate out and not be recycled. Envelopes are ok.
  • No shredded paper will be accepted.

Sustain Fond du Lac will research places where other materials can be taken for recycling.

We can be grateful for the people at Waste Management that do the sorting on the various conveyers.  It is noisy, sometimes dangerous, not very pleasant smelling, and fast work. An additional reason to follow the recycling guidelines is out of respect for these workers who are exposed to whatever people toss in their recycle bins – some pretty gross and unusual things.

Below is additional information:

A virtual tour of the Germantown MRF (Materials Recovery Facility) in Wisconsin

Waste Management recycling resources, so you can "Recycle Often and Recycle Right." Near the middle of the page they provide different areas for educational materials: residential, business, school, property manager and government. 

Waste Management renewable energy projects create enough energy to power more than 470,000 homes annually.  Learn more at the Waste Management site