Some Belmont and Jefferson County residents are disregarding the rules when it comes to recycling.
Putting plastic bags in recycling containers causes more harm than you think.
And if it continues, JB Green Team may have to get rid of them altogether.
“It’s considered contaminated if it’s in the plastic bags, so we do not want any plastic bags in the bins,” said Emily Good, environmental educator for JB Green Team.”
They recommend dumping everything out of the bag and then taking the bag with you.
“The issue the board is having is spending thousands of dollars of employee time and money to get rid of these plastic bags that are being dumped into the containers,” Belmont County Commissioner Mark Thomas said.
And the plastic bags can even lead to vehicle and equipment failure.
“It can get caught in the machinery of our trucks, and we’ve had several issues because of that,” Good said.
“Some of the recyclables may end up going to the landfill, so it ends up pointless and a wasted thing.”
Most of the people who came to drop off items in St. Clairsville on Tuesday followed the instructions.
“Please keep doing what you’re doing, follow the instructions on the containers and keep recycling,” Good said.
If you’re looking for a way to recycle plastic bags in Belmont County, Kroger and Lowe’s accept them.