“ALL of the recycling that we collect gets sent to our recycling contractor. None of the recycling that we collect is deposited in our Four Hills Landfill. The recycling contractor sorts through the materials and utilizes the accepted/non-contaminated recycling items. Therefore, it is important for our residents to understand and abide by the recycling guidelines as they become more restrictive as time goes on. If the items are contaminated with food products, or are not accepted as recycling materials, the City may have to pay a penalty, as the recycling company now must pay to dispose of unusable items.
For instance, plastic bags of any kind will get caught on the recycling sorter and damage the equipment (this is true for shredded paper as well). Pizza boxes with oil stains or cheese remnants cannot be recycled due to the food product contamination. Containers that hold food that is frozen, often have a coating on them that cannot be recycled and so on. A list of do’s and don’ts can be found on the City of Nashua website at: https://www.nashuanh.gov/433/Nashua-Recycling-Center. I have also attached to this email our most recent flyer regarding this issue.
It does indeed cost the City money to recycle as it does other municipalities in the country, but our contractor does in fact, recycle all usable materials that we provide through our recycling program. If you have any additional questions or concerns, I would be happy to provide you with any information you need. As always, we appreciate the efforts of our residents to assist us in this process, as we endeavor to continue to be good stewards of not only our landfill, but also the environment.”
Public Relations Administrator
City of Nashua – Division of Public Works