One of the major drivers of recycling cost increases is the cost of removing the contaminants from the recycle stream. The best thing city residents can do to help is to take the time to know what goes into the recycling cart with the yellow lid and what does NOT go in it. Here's a link to Waste Management's excellent web site about what goes in the recycle cart: http://www.wm.com/thinkgreen/what-can-i-recycle.jsp An important rule of thumb is that containers should be clean, dry, and empty. That is, free of any contaminants, like liquid or any food waster that could spoil the rest of the material in the recycling cart.
On this Earth Day consider some of the ways you can help by ditching the plastic bag at checkout, composting vegetable food waste, repairing vs replacing, and making sure you're not accidentally introducing contaminants into your recycling cart.
Follow the Environmental Commission's Saline Be Green Facebook page @SalineBG to learn how you can get involved.
Terry Branoff on behalf of the entire Saline Environmental Commission