San Diego Re-cycling Expands to Include More Plastic Containers

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recycle-binBy Mike Lee / SignOnSanDiego /  November 15, 2010

San Diego officials said Monday [Nov.15th]  that the city has hit a new high-water mark for recycling — 66 percent of the waste stream in 2009. That’s up 14 percentage points from 2005 and is likely enough to keep San Diego among California’s leaders in big-city recycling.

On Monday, San Diego waste officials also announced an expansion of the city’s curbside recycling program to include most plastic containers. Until now, most non-drink food containers were not accepted in the blue bins but city recycling officials said Monday that markets have developed for those items.

Newly approved food containers include: round yogurt and dairy tubs, clear PET No. 1 “clamshell” plastic, drink cups, deli trays, and berry baskets. All containers must be clean and contain no food waste or trash.

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