New Recycling Campaign Encourages Residents to Think Before They Throw Away – Welcome to the City of Fort Worth

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Posted on August 29, 2022

Fort Worth is launching a new campaign to educate residents on what items they should and shouldn’t put in their blue recycling basket.

The name of the campaign – WAIT – is an acronym for “Where Am I Casting? It’s meant to encourage residents to take a break before throwing items into the wrong basket, which reduces “wishcycling.”

Wishcycling is putting equipment on you hope can be recycled in the recycling bin, even if they are not accepted in the residential curbside recycling program.

“About 30 percent of the materials that go to our local recycling processing facility are contaminated,” said Christian Harper, Contract Services Administrator with the Code Compliance Department’s Solid Waste Management Services Division. “And most people don’t know that non-recyclable items thrown into your blue recycling basket cost the City and residents five times more than if those items had been thrown into the brown basket.

“Our goal is to engage residents in the right to recycle,” Harper said. “Once that happens, we hope to see residents recycling the good stuff more.”

It is easy to check if certain items are recyclable. Discover the waste management wizard or download the Fort Worth Garbage and Recycling app from Google Play or the App Store.

The next time you’re ready to throw something, WAIT – and when in doubt, throw it.

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