At Recyclops, we are committed to following our core values in everything we do. It’s important that our customers feel they understand our entire recycling process and the value that we bring as an organization.
As defined by the University of Michigan, “Contamination occurs in recycling when non-recyclables are placed in recycling.”. This seems like a rather simple concept until you learn the depth of what non-recyclables actually can be. Contaminants can be anything from the wrong type of plastic, to food waste.
Recyclops makes it simple to understand what can and cannot be recycled. All you need to do is find your location and read the recycling guidelines. Our guidelines make it easy to understand what your Recyclops service can take, even providing the proper recycling symbols for your different plastics.
According to our research, the average municipality sees a recycling contamination rate of at least 19 – 40% generally. However, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), one in every four recycling items collected is contaminated. This creates vast negative impacts on the environment, as well as the recycling industry.
The recycling industry can be hard to understand at times and many just don’t have the time to learn everything that’s needed. That’s why at Recyclops, transparency is one of our most important core values. The better our customers can understand everything we do, the more positive impact we can create.
Compared to the average municipalities contamination rate of 19-40%, Recyclops has an average of just 5 – 8%. Customers are easily able to read what is and isn’t accepted in their area of service. However, our goal is to have as little contamination as possible. Some of the most common contaminants in our collected recycling are:
- Plastic packaging (see your location page for more information).
- Food waste
To learn more about what can and cannot be recycled in your area, reference your specific location page here.
Recycling contamination creates vast negative impacts on the environment, as well as the recycling industry. According to the EPA, as much as 25% of all recycling is contaminated and cannot be recycled. For many, learning that their recycling is contaminated and will not be recycled can be frustrating. This creates friction between customers and recycling companies and decreases recycling involvement.
A key example of this comes from the partnership between Recyclops and Dyper. Dyper creates and offers compostable diapers for its customers. This eliminates the potential contaminant from the recycling process as well as ensures that the material stays out of the landfill. Additionally, this partnership makes Recyclops responsible for collecting the used diapers as part of the REDYPER program.
Click here to learn more about Dyper and its ongoing mission to reduce waste.
Visit your specific location page here and view your recycling guidelines section.
Our team at Recyclops makes it easy to recycle today straight from the convenience of your home. With our service, you know that your recyclables are going to a designated recycling facility and not a landfill. Learn more about where your recycling goes here.
Depending on your location, recycling is as easy as putting all your materials in one or more bags (depending on how many you have) and putting them right on your doorstep or curbside. Your local Recyclops driver will be there to pick up your materials and ensure they arrive at the destination. And don’t worry about making space for another bin, Recyclops bags or carts come with all our services and pickups come at your convenience.
We want to make recycling easy and simple, and that starts with recycling on your schedule.