DC New Year’s resolution: Create less waste with new recycling requirements

WASHINGTON — D.C. is vowing to recycle more and create less waste in 2018, expanding the list of recyclable items through a new requirement that takes effect Jan. 1.

D.C.’s Department of Public Works said it has a citywide goal of getting 80 percent of waste out of landfills.

The new list of recyclable items is now the same for both residential and commercial properties, simplifying the recycling requirement across the board.

The items newly eligible for recycling include:

  • Pizza boxes
  • Paper and plastic plates, cups, lids and takeout containers
  • Plastic produce, deli/bakery containers and trays

Residents should continue to loosely place recyclable items in the blue bins without plastic bags.

Plastic bags, wrap and film are still not recyclable through DPW’s system, though residents can find a dropoff location to recycle those items.

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