Recycling Guidelines

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A statewide task force, co-chaired by SWALCO's Executive Director, was formed in 2018 to address the issue of recycling contamination. The task force developed the general recycling guidelines provided on this webpage. SWALCO then took the next step and created more detailed recycling guidelines to augment the general guidelines.

To develop the more detailed guidelines, SWALCO has partnered with Recycle By City with the goal being to assist Lake County residents and businesses recycle correctly. China’s decision to significantly reduce its imports of mixed paper and plastics and to demand cleaner recyclables has rippled throughout the markets and put a spotlight on contamination. The more contamination the higher the cost to process the material at recycling facilities. In turn, those costs are passed on to households and businesses.

As you review the guidelines, please pay special attention to the items we have listed in the NO area of the guidelines. These items are causing the most problems for the recycling facilities. If we can get those items out of the recycling cart we will have improved the value of recycling significantly. 

Thank you for recycling. Gracias por reciclar.

Looking for SPECIFIC local Guidelines and Programs?

Recycling Guidelines English
Recycling Guidelines Spanish

PBS News Hour - Recycling Contamination

PBS Video 04.2019

SWANA Recycling Contamination Video

SWANA Video 11.2018

NBC Investigates Video

NBC Video Sept 2018

Recycle Actually Video

Recycling Partnership Recycle Actually 2018
 ***PLEASE DO NOT PLACE THE ITEMS MENTIONED BELOW IN YOUR RECYCLING CART***

Plastic Bags or Product Wrap

NO Plastic Bag Symbol

Food, Diapers, Needles, etc.

NO YUCK Symbol

Hangers, Rope, Hoses, Cords

NO Tanglers Symbol



NOT FOR RECYCLING!

Large Items

NO Large Items Symbol

Clothing and Shoes

NO Clothing and Shoes Symbol
Do Not Bag your Recyclables
Do NOT bag