As of Monday, April 6th, 2020 Malden’s trash & recycling hauler JRM will begin strictly enforcing proper recycling procedures and will be leaving behind all recycling materials that are not in compliance. The quick reference guide below shows how most items are recycled.
This guide is also available in six other languages.
Even the most conscientious recyclers must be careful to make sure they are following JRM’s requirements. Here are some common mistakes.
Recycling markets are constantly changing. The companies that purchase recycled materials are getting stricter and stricter with what they will accept. When the demand was high for recycled raw material, having some of it be non-compliant was not an issue. Now markets are so strict that they will sometimes disqualify an entire truck’s worth of material if only 10% of it is wrong.
JRM has made this change in neighboring communities already. Malden is now joining those communities in an effort to mitigate these recycling issues.
You can find out how to dispose of or recycle just about any material by using our Waste Wizard database. If you still can’t find the item listed or if you are still unsure, dispose of it in your trash rather than take the chance of having your recycling rejected. When in doubt, throw it out.
Yes. Malden is currently still a dual-stream recycling community. You may see JRM throw the items into the same compartment of their truck which can be confusing. This is because they are responsible for sorting the recycling once it is picked up. Because Malden is still a dual-stream community, we must still separate our recycling.