Ask NOW: Should recyclables be bagged?

July 2, 2012

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Should recyclables be bagged?

Issue: A reader noticed that his neighbors put their recyclables in a plastic garbage bag and then put those bags in the cart. But, the reader simply puts the recyclables directly in the cart without a bag. He wants to know which way is correct.

Status: Mike Kreiter, operations superintendent with the Department of Public Works, said residents should put tall recyclables directly in the recycling carts, except for shredded paper, which may be placed in a bag. Putting other recyclable items in a bag makes it harder for the automatic sorting process.

"If the general public could see how advanced the sorting system is, they would be amazed," Kreiter said.

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