A recent survey commissioned by The Recycling Partnership reveals that 83% of Americans view recycling as a valuable public service. But contamination in the recycling bin, due to residents' confusion of what is and is not recyclable, make it more difficult, costly, and sometimes impossible to sort, process, and return valuable materials to the manufacturing supply chain. The City of Auburn Hills was recently awarded a $14,400 cash grant in an effort to improve our curbside recycling education and engagement with our residents. This grant is part of a state-wide initiative supported by The Recycling Partnership and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (MI EGLE) to provide more than 100 communities all across Michigan with support for anti-contamination and recycling education efforts. As part of the grant, the City will be deploying a team of individuals who will be tagging and rejecting contaminated curbside recycling carts throughout the community. Rejected carts will be tagged with information about the contamination that is present within the carts. Residents will need to remove the contaminated material and place the recycling at the curb on their next scheduled recycling day. The Feet on the Street ("FOTS") Tagging Program will take place from April 19 through May 13, 2021.
Benefits of Clean & Pure Recycling
- Reduces the amount of water sent to landfills
- Conserves water and other valuable resources
- Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials
- Saves and reduces energy
- Supports American manufacturing through job creation and technology development
Although many items like plastic bags are technically considered "recyclable," they cannot be placed in your curbside recycling. Plastic bags and other tanglers create serious problems in the recycling stream when they are caught in the heavy machinery used in processing. Plastic bags should instead be dropped off at locations throughout the community (usually at major grocery store chains). Items that should always be recycled are clean paper, cardboard, aluminum and tin cans, and plastic and glass bottles, jars and jugs. Items that should never be placed in your recycle bin are plastic bags, plastic wrap, bagged recycling, garbage, tanglers (hoses, wires, chains or electronics), scrap metal or foam/plastic packing materials. For more information about recyclable items in the City of Auburn Hills, please see the Waste Management flyer.
Common Questions & Concerns
Why wasn't my recycling cart picked up?
If you received a tag on your recycling cart, you will simply need to correct the item identified on the tag and place your recycling at the curb on the next scheduled collection day.
Why can't I bag my recyclable material? I'm afraid my cart will get dirty.
If you recycle correctly by emptying all containers, bottles, tins, etc. of food and liquid, the cart should remain clean and odor free. If plastic and garbage bags are placed in the recycling carts, the recyclables are likely to be perceived as garbage. Any type of garbage or contamination that arrives at the recycling facility will be sent to the landfill, where the City incurs charges, which can drive up program costs.
What do I do with my plastic bags?
Plastic bags are often mistakenly placed in recycling carts because many bags show a triangular recycling symbol. Unfortunately, these items are detrimental to equipment at the processing facility. The best place for recycling plastic bags is often local retail and grocery stores.
If you have more questions, feel free to reach out to the City of Auburn Hills Department of Public Works at 248-391-3777 or email@example.com.