Malden's recycling vendor, JRM, will start strictly enforcing current recycling requirements as of April 6. The hauler will no longer pick up bins with improper recycling materials inside.
"JRM recently brought to the City's attention that after they collect our recycling and process it at the recycling facility, the majority of the content ends up being disqualified and sent into the waste stream as trash. "This is not only harmful to the environment but is also in violation of the City's contract with JRM." Examples of unacceptable items include unclean pizza boxes, napkins, tissues, toilet paper, soiled paper wrappers, plastic bags, plastic wrap, newspaper sleeves, and plastic film. Styrofoam, window glass or mirrors, lightbulbs and ceramics also will not be accepted.The problem is not restricted to Malden, as many communities across the state face the same challenges. The city will host an educational forum Wednesday, March 18th at 6 p.m. at the Linden STEAM Academy Auditorium, 29 Wescott St. The meeting will discuss how to properly recycle to avoid having your bins left curbside starting next month. The solid waste overhaul proposal recently submitted to the City Council will be addressed at a series of separate public meetings, according to the city.