Something important to discuss is China's decision to close its markets to recyclables. This is in large to due the contamination issue of our recycled materials. In Portland alone our recycled loads were testing at 18 to 42 times China's contamination limit which is .5 %.
You ever wonder how much you put in your recycling bin? According to Metro's studies the average is 614 lbs. per household per year.
Just one problem. A large percentage of what Portlanders throw in their bins is actually garbage.
A result of our commingled system at least 9% up to 21% is plain ol' trash. We just are not educating ourselves on how to properly recycle. Come on Portland put your recycling where your mouth is! Keep Portland Green
Please rinse your recycling and make sure you are not putting anything in the blue bin that doesn't belong.
Here's a link for tips on how to recycle
Common misplaced items include:
If you have any tips for recycling we would love to hear about!