Thousands have read our recent coverage about changes in the global recycling markets and how they have affected local curbside recycling.  

Because Prince William relies on private commercial haulers to pick up and process our trash, our options for recycling are limited to the materials they can profitably sell. Glass and no. 3-7 plastics are no longer on that list, which is why residents have been asked to throw them directly into the trash.  

Residents can take steps to keep recyclable materials out of the landfill, but it will take more time and effort. The county will soon place receptacles at the landfill and Balls Ford Road composting facility for glass that will be trucked to Fairfax County for reprocessing. Residents can also avoid buying products sold in non-recyclable packaging. 

Beyond that, fixing the nation’s broken recycling system will require policy changes on the state and national levels. Earth Day is the perfect time to start that discussion with our elected officials. 

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