Tomorrow is the day the recyclables are picked up in Hudson by Department of Public Works. Since policies regarding recycling have changed, it may be useful to rehearse what can be recycled and what is trash, so readers can avoid having their recycling rejected.
An explanation of the recent changes in recycling policy is now on the City of Hudson website. A link is provided there to the list of what can be recycled and what cannot. That list can also be viewed by clicking here. One significant change that may surprise conscientious recyclers is that recycling can no longer be placed in clear plastic bags. Plastic bags of all sorts are verboten. Instead, items for recycling must be placed in a bin that is emptied and left at the site.
After studying the list, I realized that there were some things I regularly recycle that were not on the list of "Acceptable Items": clear plastic containers. So, I took this picture of three such items retrieved from my recycling bin and sent it to DPW superintendent Rob Perry, asking if these were acceptable items.
His response was, "The single stream recycler may sort them out, but we won't." He stressed that anything put out to be recycled--peanut butter jars, yogurt containers, aluminum pans, cat food cans, whatever--must be clean. So, wash out those empty containers before putting them in your recycling bin and avoid rejection.
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