What kinds of plastic and paper do local governments accept in their recycling programs?
Hagerstown's curbside recycling program accepts a variety of paper and some plastic. Acceptable paper products are newspapers, magazines, office paper, phone books, colored paper, catalogs, envelopes, computer paper, cardboard, mail, adhesive notes and folders.
Among the items the city will not accept are pesticide or hazardous chemical containers, medical waste containers, oil containers, food wrappers or waxed paper. The city will not accept plastic bags or materials set out in plastic bags.
The city will accept clear and colored plastic bottles that are empty.
To learn more about Hagerstown's recycling program, call 301-739-8577, ext. 106 or go to www.hagerstownmd.org/engineering/trashandrecycle.asp.
Washington County accepts a variety of paper and some plastic material at its Forty West Sanitary Landfill and drop-off centers. The county accepts newspaper, junk mail, magazines, flat sheets of cardboard (18 inches by 18 inches), boxboard (i.e. broken down shoeboxes and cereal boxes) and phone books.