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By Forrest Hershberger
Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

Recycling Success a Complex Equation


Forrest Hershberger

The City of Sidney has recycling bins at Safeway and at Legion Park. Residents are encouraged to place the proper material in the respective receptacle to prevent contaminating the bin. Contaminated loads cannot be recycled.

The pepperoni pizza arrives with a two-liter bottle of a carbonated beverage. In the cooler is an assortment of other beverages in bottles and cans.

When the meal is done, the remaining question is what to do with the cardboard container and the glass, plastic and aluminum. The answer is much more complex than the heart might wish, according to Sidney City Manager Ed Sadler.

If the pizza box, for example, is put in a recycle bin but it is stained with grease and cheese that stuck to the lid, it could contaminate the entire load, making it unacceptable at a recycling site.

Sidney does have a...

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