New recycling guidelines come to Lancaster

LANCASTER—Stringent new standards on recyclable items that processors and recycling facilities can now accept have rippled through the U.S., leaving counties, cities and towns scrambling to keep recycling available with limited options.

For many years, Lancaster County Convenience Centers have accepted glass, aluminum and plastic in one recycling bin, allowing citizens the convenience of bagging those items together and depositing them in one bin.

With the new standards that are currently facing the recycling industry, the Lancaster County’s Solid Waste and Recycling Department and its recycling processor are faced with a crisis.

“In order to continue recycling efforts in the county, we have to change the way we recycle and recycle right and cleaner than ever,” said Lancaster solid waste and recycling supervisor Donald Brown. “We are faced with new recycling standards where only certain recyclables will be accepted, such as…