What do Durham residents recycle the most?

Recycling is measured by weight. The recycling stream coming from Durham basically breaks down as follows:

  • Cardboard – 27.1%
  • Glass – 22.1%
  • Mixed Paper – 21.3%
  • Contamination (non-recyclable items placed in the blue carts) – 19.5%
  • PET (eg. Plastic drink bottles)– 4.5%
  • Steel – 1.5%
  • Aluminum – 1.4%
  • HDPE Color (eg. Shampoo bottles – 1.2%
  • HDPE Natural (eg. Milk jugs) – 0.8%
  • Other Recyclable Plastics (eg. Some clamshell containers) – 0.6%
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1. What happens to recyclables I put in my blue cart?
2. I heard all recycling is now going to the landfill. Is that true?
3. Some communities aren't recycling anymore. Will this happen in Durham?
4. How can I be a better recycler?
5. What do Durham residents recycle the most?
6. What items are worth the most?
7. Can you start collecting recycling every week instead of every two weeks?