Twenty employees went through the training session with Johnson County Solid Waste Specialist Julie Coon, who covered the benefits of recycling as well as how to handle materials placed in recycling bins.
Acting Public Works Director Keith Bredehoeft said the department is going to switch to using clear bags in its recycling bins to help staff determine whether the contents are too contaminated to be processed at the recycling center.
“Most of the time the recycling centers can handle the items that are put in a recycle bin [even if there is slight contamination],” he said. “Another thing we learned was that the overall expectation of agencies that collect recyclable materials from the public is that they do not have to sort through every bag to determine its contents.”
Bredehoeft said the department planned to expand its recycling efforts and would be putting more bins around the city.