Recycling Market Upheaval Prompting Changes in Barnstable Disposal Policy

HYANNIS – Major changes in the worldwide recycling market are prompting the Town of Barnstable to alter some policies.

Beginning October 1, all recyclables disposed of at the Recycling Center in Marstons Mills will need to be separated into designated containers.

That includes different spots for cardboard, plastics, mixed paper, metal cans and glass.

Sticker holders will be responsible for separating their recyclable items and disposing of them into the respective containers.

Town officials said that over the past year, there have been significant changes to the global recycling market.

The major outlets for U.S. recyclables have overhauled their regulations and increased their enforcement, with some outlets shutting down.

That created stricter standards in the acceptance of recyclables.

To aid in the transition from single stream to separation, there will continue to be two (2) containers for single stream recycling.

Those two containers will only be available for 60 days to allow sticker holders to adjust to the recycling changes.

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