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How to Recycle in DC? (Video)

Zero Waste

I got to spend a day at the recycling center for DC, Prince George's County, Northern Virginia and Bowie. The center is located in Capitol Heights (that's right all you DCist) and many have probably passed it driving down Ritchie Road.

I wanted to get a better idea of how everything works, where the recyclabels go, who separates my plastics from my cardboards and all that jazz; so I set up a tour.

There's plenty of misconceptions about what the recycling center accepts Michel Caplan, the district manager for Waste Management Recycle America, was helpful in breaking down the the dos and don'ts of recycling in Greater Washington.

The recycling center accepts aluminum cans, cardboard, magazines, newspaper, aerosol cans, plastics #1-7 and aseptic/gable jugs.

Unacceptable items include dark colored glass bottles (wine/olive oil), light bulbs, Styrofoam, auto parts and motor oil, broken glass, batteries and those tacky clam shells from the carry out.

Caplan encourages recyclers to avoid putting plastic bags in their recyclables because sorters at the recycling spend a total of 4 hours everyday pulling them out of the equipment.

Check out my video from my trip.

Happy Recycling!

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