The Kittery Resource Recovery Facility, following recommendations from our recycling partner, Casella, made some changes recently to plastics recycling. This change was necessitated due to changes in the recycling market and to open a revenue stream that was underutilized. The changes to plastics recycling centers around two products: #1 PET and #3-7 Plastics.
Prior to the changes, #1 PET was separated into two categories. The first was clear drinking bottles which was baled and sold on the market. The second was incorporated into all other plastics and sent to a third party at a cost to the town.
Plastics #3-7 was also placed with all other plastics and sent to a third party at a cost to the town. The prices incurred by the town to dispose of these items rose to a price that exceeds the cost to dispose of household trash. The price increase is due to rising costs in the recycling industry and a current oversupply of materials.
The new plastics recycling categories are #1 PET Plastic bottles and jars, #2 HPDE Natural, #2 HPDE Colored, and #3-7 Plastics. All other plastics can now go into household trash where it is sent to a trash to energy facility and burned to produce electricity.
To read more about what is recyclable, please click here.
|Tim Ellis||Resource Recovery Facility Crew Chief||(207) 439-1477|
|David Rich||Commissioner of Public Works||(207) 439-0333|