A warning to lax recyclers: The city of Des Moines is going to leave your cart curbside if you’re breaking the recycling rules.To cut down on bad recycling, Des Moines Public Works has begun conducting curbside audits. If you put too much of the wrong stuff in your cart, it might still be sitting there when you get home from work.Public Works rejected 245 recycling carts audited in March, according to Director Jonathan Gano. He anticipates employees will sift through several thousand carts through May.“We’ve had two years in a row of record amounts of recyclables,” Gano said Monday during a City Council work session. Des Moines collected more than 20 million pounds of recyclable materials from residential bins in both 2015 and 2016.“But we have record amounts of trash going into the recycling bins,” he added. Public works pulled 1.7 million pounds of non-recyclable garbage from blue carts in 2014. This year, it’s on track to collect 2.4 million pounds. That trash has included everything from garden hoses and youth swimming pools to wood pallets and auto parts.The audits are targeting the most blatantly wrong recycling habits: Workers simply pop the lid of a cart and look inside. Staff won’t be fishing around or dumping out the cart… Read full this story
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