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RecycleMotion Getting Easier: MMWA Moving To No-Sort Recycling

RecycleMotion is going to just 1 step! Area residents can soon stop sorting recyclables into separate bins. As of January 1, 2015, recycling will get easier and more efficient for communities served by Mid Michigan Waste Authority.

MMWA’s curbside residential recycling program has been upgraded to include more materials and eliminate sorting requirements. Residents will now be able to recycle all of their plastic, metal, glass, paper, chipboard and cardboard in one container, no sorting needed. The expanded RecycleMotion program will also accept plastics #1, #2, #4 – #7 with the exception of expanded plastic #6 foam products. Those items, packing peanuts and packaging foam, still need to be disposed of in the trash.

Curbside Recycling Program 1-Step Changes

Sorting Eliminated

  • No more separating paper goods from containers
    • All allowed recyclables can be mixed together in the same container(s)

 Plastics Expanded

  • Plastics #1, #2, #4 – #7  now allowed to be recycled
    • Exclusion remains for foam-style plastic #6 (Styrofoam, packing peanuts)
  • Large non-packaging plastic and metal items still not allowed
    • large plastic ride-on or playground toys
    • metal car parts
    • unclean plant pots

Official Recycling Bin(s) Not Required – Make Your Own

  • Residents no longer need to set out at least one official recycling bin
    • Recycling bins may still be used if residents choose
  • Keep it 1-step and use 45 gallon or smaller container/can(s) for all recyclables
  • Non-recycling bin recycling containers need to be marked or stickered in some way:
    • Recyclables Only sticker (from MMWA or member community); or
    • Large letter “R” painted/marked on can
  • Recycling containers must be less than 50 lbs each
  • Residents may use as many recycling containers/bins as needed each service day

There are a number of advantages to the new recycling program. Eliminating sorting between several bins and allowing all plastics to be recycled makes recycling one easy step. Making recycling simple has been shown to boost recycling participation and result in more recyclables getting to the curb, decreasing the amount of material bound for the landfill.

While residents may still use official recycling bins from their community, MMWA encourages residents to swap their bin(s) for 45 gallon or smaller containers, which have almost double the capacity of a recycling bin, to hold more material, and also save space in their homes and garages.

To use a 45 gallon container as a recycling can, residents should affix a “Recyclables Only” sticker or paint/permanent marker a large letter “R” on the front of the can. “Recyclables Only” stickers are available at municipal offices or through MMWA. Remember to keep all recycling containers within the 50 lb limit rule: use as many as needed to handle your recyclables.