City of San Diego recycling program aims to teach 'What Goes Where' to avoid waste

City has goal of zero landfill waste by 2040

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - With an effort to eliminate landfill waste by 2040, the City of San Diego launched the "What Goes Where" program to teach residents what they can and can't put in their blue recycle bins.

"Everyone's trying to do the right thing," said Chelsea Klaseus, who's helping implement the program. "They just need to learn how."

The program breaks down some of the intricacies of recycling. For example, pizza boxes are usually fine. But if they have food scraps or grease on them, they need to be thrown out.

Also, plastic bags should never be put in the blue bins, along with any other kind of fine, flimsy plastic.

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"That stuff clogs up the conveyor belts and can shut down a recycling facility for almost a half hour," said Klaseus.

That includes garbage bags, which is one of the reasons the "What Goes Where" program also teaches to put recyclable items directly into the blue bin, as opposed to bagging them first.

More info on the project can be found here and here.

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