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Recycling campaign in Lafayette will begin Jan 11

Aims to educate on the importance of recycling correctly
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Posted at 3:49 PM, Jan 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 16:49:02-05

Lafayette Consolidated Government and The Recycling Partnership’s “Feet on the Street” recycling campaign will begin Monday, January 11.

The campaign which was announced in November, aims to educate residents on the importance of recycling correctly. The campaign will affect Republic Services customers in the city of Lafayette.

LCG says the eight-week campaign begins on Monday with inspectors checking recycling carts at the curb on collection days.

Staff will look for incorrect or dirty items inside carts and may leave an “Oops Tag” when mistakes are made.

The tag, they say, will identify items that should not be in the cart and should be removed. If incorrect items remain, carts may not get collected.

Back in November, informational stickers explaining acceptable and unacceptable items were placed on the inside lids of carts as a quick guide to recycling right.

“With LCG and residents working together, we can make a positive impact on recycling right in Lafayette. Sometimes, people just need help knowing what should and should not be placed in recycling carts," LCG Environmental Quality Manager Bess Foret said.

Incorrect or dirty items placed in recycling carts contaminate whole truckloads, causing them to all be taken to a landfill instead of being recycled into new products.

Recycling the Right Way from LCG

  • Place ONLY flattened cardboard, paper, metal cans, and plastic bottles and jugs in your bin.
  • Items should be free of food residue.
  • Clean – rinse cans, plastic bottles, and jugs, shake off the water.
  • Dry – Items should be dry before placing them inside a recycling cart.
  • Do not bag recycling, only place loose items in a recycling cart.
  • When in doubt, throw it out.

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