Recycling Changes For Rogue Disposal Customers

Rogue Disposal says a global recycling crisis has made it limit the kinds of items it can take from curbside bins. Click to read what items are still accepted.

Posted: Mar. 5, 2018 9:03 AM
Updated: Mar. 5, 2018 12:19 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Rogue Disposal & Recycling is hitting the reset button on its curbside recycling program by limiting the types of items its customers can recycle. The change comes in response to the global recycling crisis brought on by China's recent crackdown on imported recyclable materials. 

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China promised to significantly limit the amount of material it imports from other countries. The country argued the material it received had too much trash and not enough valuable material. China consumes over half the world's recyclable materials so in order to keep up with changing market standards, Rogue Disposal & Recycling is changing its methods. 

"We are trying to use and collect materials that have domestic markets,"said Garry Penning, director of governmental affairs with Rogue Disposal & Recycling. "We also need to get the garbage out, whether it goes to the United States or it gets shipped overseas."

Beginning Monday, March 5th, customers will be asked to limit items in their red recycling bin to the following materials:

  1. Corrugated Cardboard (the kind with the wavy middle layer)
  2. Tin and Aluminum Cans (no lids)
  3. Newspaper (including inserts and ads, no magazines)
  4. Plastic Milk Jug Style Containers (clear or white, no lids)
Glass bottles and jars of any color can no longer be placed in the bins but there are still ways to recycle such items. Rogue Disposal & Recycling is partnering with local grocery stores to provide the community with glass depots.

The glass depots can be found at the following locations:

  1. Ray's Food Place
  2. Food 4 Less
  3. Sherm's Thunderbird Market
Rogue Disposal asks the public to please rinse each empty glass container to remove any liquids or food and remove lids. Labels are OK. Glass can be recycled up to one gallon. 

For more recycling information, click here to visit Rogue Disposal's guidelines for recycling.

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