As a part of our efforts to reduce recycling contamination, an educational team from Casella, our recycling provider, has been inspecting recycling bins throughout Biddeford with assistance from City staff. Bins with high levels of recycling contamination are tagged and not emptied, and educational materials about accepted recycling will be provided.
The best way to ensure that your bin does not get tagged is to only place the following items in your blue recycling bin:
- Cardboard and boxboard
- Paper items such as junk mail, periodicals, paper bags, catalogs, office paper and newspaper
- Plastic bottles, jugs, tabs and lids (such as empty kitchen, laundry and bath containers)
- Aluminum and steel cans
- Glass bottles and jars
Other recycling tips:
- All containers must be empty, rinsed, and dried.
- DO NOT bag your recyclables!
- Cardboard should be flattened and broken down.
Recycling contamination can cause good, clean recyclable items to end up in the trash. The City is also charged fees for recycling contamination levels, which make it more expensive to operate our recycling program. Thank you for your cooperation!