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Williamson County to change recycling policy Jan. 1

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Franklin approved the use of blue bins by 2020. 

Effective Jan. 1, 2020, Williamson County will accept plastics #1 and #2 only in the mixed plastic recycling bin at all county convenience centers and recycling drop-offs. 

The market for plastics #3-7 is no longer reliable. Williamson County strives to be as environmentally friendly as possible, and this change will actually improve the county’s plastic recycling outcome, according to a press release by the county. 

With this initiative to go “Back to Basics,” Williamson County will have a cleaner plastic recycling stream with less room for contamination. 

To check if a plastic item is recyclable in Williamson County, look for the recycling symbol on the plastic item in question. There should be a #1 or #2 inside the symbol. This includes mostly bottles and jugs.

When recycling, residents should rinse first and recycle items that are clean and mostly dry. No plastic bags or foam are accepted.

Contamination happens when the wrong items are put into the recycling bin. This can include food waste, garbage waste or even recycling that is not properly rinsed or sorted. Contamination can ruin an entire recycling load. 

Learn more at www.WilliamsonRecycles.org.

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