Monday, July 28, 2008

Our Summer 2008 SORRT Newsletter is available

SORRT Newsletter - first pageThe Summer 2008 issue of our SORRT Network Newsletter is available on our website. Our Non-Residential Recycling Program publishes this quarterly newsletter.

This issue's topics include:

  • Celebrating Recycling Awareness Week in Montgomery County
  • Annual Business Recycling Awards
  • Focus on: Mixed Paper

Interested in reading back issues? Visit our SORRT Network Newsletter Archive.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Are tofu containers recyclable? Yes.

Is it, or isn't it accepted in our expanded plastics recycling program? In this case, the object of our affections here in the Division of Solid Waste Services office was... a tofu container!

plastic tofu container

We learned that, unlike our clamshell container, this tofu container is accepted in our new program.

For the curious -- yes, we count ourselves among them! -- this white container was stamped with #2, which is high-density polyethylene or HDPE.

Monday, July 21, 2008

More on recycling berry and other "clamshell" containers

Last Thursday, I wrote about recycling (or not) "clamshell" containers used for packaging berries.

Over the weekend, we received this note:

You stated in your answer that berry containers can't be recycled because they are polystyrene (#6). However, some, including one I planned to recycle, are PETE (#1). Can these #1 clamshell containers be recycled?

Thanks, S., for the opportunity to clarify this topic further. Sorry, we cannot accept the #1 clamshell containers either. So, in summary: no clamshell containers in your blue bins, please.

On Saturday morning, my family and I went blueberry picking. I noticed that one of the fellow berry-pickers near us was carefully depositing his harvest into... a large, clear clamshell container. There were still lots of blueberries ripening on the bushes, with blackberries available, too, and the promise of raspberries to come! So, there is time yet to refill your own berry containers with some tasty summer goodness before retiring them to the trash.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Are berry containers recyclable? No.

Thank you for the many questions you've been asking us about our newly expanded plastics recycling program! The program details are new to us, to, and we've been learning a great deal about the finer points of plastics recycling do's and don't ourselves.

We will continue to tweak our plastics guidance to you so that it is easy to use and understand. And, we'll be sharing advice on specific plastic items here in our blog. So, on to our first item...

plastic berry container
One of the top questions has been "Can I recycle my strawberry / blueberry / raspberry containers?" Sorry, to the extent that you don't have a reuse for these, please put your clear "clamshell" containers from berries into the trash.
Yes, it is a food-grade container. But, it is made from polystyrene, which we cannot accept. How do you know that it's made from this resin? Look for the "6" on the container.

Check back with our blog (or subscribe to our feed). And, visit our plastics photo set for a handy reference.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Hazardous Waste Collection announced for October 18, 2008

Our first Fall 2008 Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) community collection event is on the calendar!

Saturday, October 18, 2008, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Silver Spring International Middle School
313 Wayne Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(Dale Dr. & Wayne Ave.)

In addition to the HHW "satellite" events, we have our Household Hazardous Waste dropoff at the Solid Waste Transfer Station. That's open to you daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Details about our Household Hazardous Waste program

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

We've moved to the Department of Environmental Protection

Effective today, we -- the Division of Solid Waste Services -- are part of the Department of the Environmental Protection. All contact information remains the same.