The City of Erie recycling program has not changed. City residents should continue recycling as they have been. The City of Erie’s recycling contract will remain in effect until the end of the year. Any future changes will be communicated at a later date.
For county residents:
Erie County will be adjusting their recycling program in order to eliminate glass, shredded paper, and some plastics. Only full sheets of paper will be accepted. Envelopes, postcards, small junk mail, and others will not be accepted with this new program. As far as plastics go, bottles, jugs such as laundry detergent or milk, and jars for peanut butter and condiments will be accepted. However, plastics numbered 3 through 7 will no longer be accepted. Erie County uses a single-stream recycling system, in other words, residents combine materials rather than separate their recyclables. This process is very convenient, but adds an extra layer to the process. The timeline for when this rule will go into effect varies by municipality. They are already in place for most county businesses. The best solution to this process would be to purchase less glass and more items made with aluminum or recyclable plastic. In the future, Erie is looking for alternate methods for reusing glass and recycling it. For more information and an updated list of municipal guidelines, be sure to click the link below!