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SC county cracking down on wrong recycling items in bins

January 9, 2021 GMT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — One South Carolina county is checking some home recycling bins to make sure nothing that can’t be recycled easily is inside.

Charleston County said beginning this month, workers are looking inside random bins to see if they have items that aren’t accepted by the county’s recycling program like plastic bags, Styrofoam, wood, concrete, cables and cords.

Wrong items can damage equipment used to sort recyclable material and cost workers time to pull out beforehand, the county said in a statement.

Bins with improper items will have a tag placed on them with information about what can be recycled, like glass bottles and jars, aluminum and steel cans, plastic bottles and flattened cardboard boxes, officials said.

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The crackdown coincides with the opening of Charleston County’s new recycling sorter and facility.

Richland County has a similar education program for residents who try to recycle the wrong items.