Baltimore Department of Public Works Launches New Recycling Campaign – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore City Department of Public Works wants to make it easier for people to tell the difference between the items they should and shouldn’t throw in their recycling bin.

A new effort known as Feet on the Street will help Baltimoreans properly separate their trash.

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As part of that effort, sanitation workers will be checking recycling bins in neighborhoods where they have observed high levels of contamination over the next two months.

“This campaign is designed to help residents understand what goes in our recycling carts and what goes in our municipal green bins,” said Jennifer Combs, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore City Department of Public Works.

And when sanitation workers find things like plastic bags, food-covered items, paper towels, Styrofoam, take-out containers, or electrical cords in a trash can, they leave an information label.

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“And that label will give residents instant feedback on what’s happening and give them the tools and the education to recycle better,” Combs said.

The same program has been implemented in other communities across the country. . . Some are seeing a decrease of up to 57% in non-recyclable items going to the recycling bin.

This is important because contaminated items can increase the city’s recycling costs and cause equipment jams at their facilities, posing a major hazard to workers.

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“If you have too many wraps from your local dry cleaner, I’m sorry, ‘Wish Cycle’ doesn’t,” Combs said. “When in doubt, throw it away.” Baltimore Department of Public Works Launches New Recycling Campaign – CBS Baltimore

Jake Nichol

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