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Posted on: July 13, 2020

Plastic Recycling Resumed

Plastic Recycling Resumed

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#1 & #2 Plastics Recycling will resume at sites equipped to accept plastic recycling on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 by noon. All other recycling has resumed since late May.

Due to low oil prices, virgin plastics (derived from oil) are low, lower than the price fetched by recycled plastics. Allegany County’s Recycling Office will be evaluating plastics recycling near the end of the year and plastic recycling may be discontinued.  In the meantime, please continue to remove the lids, rinse the containers, check the number, when in doubt - leave it out, and place recycling in the proper receptacle so we can market quality recycled plastics.

Plastics film recycling will NO LONGER be available at the Riverside Recycling Site. Please check your local retailers to see if they will accept and recycle those materials.

The Recycling Office is expecting a surge of plastics, and we will be doing our best to empty trailers quickly. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE BAGS OF PLASTICS ON THE GROUND, WE CANNOT ENSURE THOSE ITEMS WILL BE RECYCLED. IF you have a large volume of plastic recycling it is advisable to recycle it in multiple trips to the recycling sites.

Please practice social distancing and good hand hygiene at the recycling sites.

It’s Plastic Free July! Please consider ways you can reduce your plastic consumption:

  • Choose tap water and reusable water bottle
  • Purchase beverages sold in aluminum cans or glass bottles
  • Reuse plastic containers to store items
  • Switch to plastic-free alternatives like bars of soap and shampoo, and laundry detergents sold in cardboard containers
  • Check out more plastic reduction ideas here

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If you have any questions you can call the Recycling Office at 301-876-9563 or send your questions to recycling@alleganygov.org.
Thank you for your patience.

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