Haley Parson

Recycling is an “it word” this year. Companies are selling goods made from various recycled materials. There are movements to increase recycling across the country. Despite the increasing drive behind recycling initiatives, many cities, states and countries are finding it increasingly harder to implement and maintain recycling programs.

These changes have even reached Lakeland. One of the largest issues Lakeland, and many other cities across the country, has noticed is that individuals do not know what is recyclable and what is not. Because of this, many recyclables are contaminated and end up in landfills instead of being exported to actually be recycled. If citizens know what can be recycled and how to do so, they can increase the exports to China for the remanufacturing of recyclable goods. 

The city of Lakeland’s website states that they would like to emphasize that plastic grocery bags, soiled pizza boxes, clothing, ceramics and batteries are not recyclable. Items that are recyclable, like glasses, rigid plastics and cardboard should be placed loosely in designated recycling bins to increase chances that those items are recycled. 

The city of Lakeland reports, “It costs the City approximately $36 [to deposit trash in landfills], yet for every ton of recyclables delivered to the City’s processor, the City receives approximately $20.” 

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