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Plastic Bags No Longer Accepted With Recycling in Leesburg

Items should be placed loose in recycling containers.

Post Date:01/10/2020 11:28 AM
recyclingLeesburg, VA (January 10, 2020) – Beginning on Monday, January 27, 2020, plastic bags and recyclables in plastic bags will no longer be accepted as part of the recycling program with the Town’s trash contractor, Patriot Disposal, Inc. 

According to Manager Gregg Walbridge, the change is being made due to plastic bags getting wrapped around the sorting equipment. 

"It has to be removed manually, which causes downtime in the facility," Walbridge said. "Not only can this cause damage but also slows things down." 

Residents are being asked to dump all recycling loosely inside their toters. If the recycling will not fit into the Toter, you can use an extra container with lid. Additional 96-gallon recycling toters can be requested from Patriot.  

Any recycling that has been placed in bags, or is mixed with non-recyclable material, will not be collected. A yellow sticker will be placed on the Toter to alert the resident of the situation. Once corrected, all items will be collected on the resident’s next regularly scheduled collection day. 

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Media Contact:
Leah Kosin
Assistant Public Information Officer

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