San Juan County shifted away from sorting recyclables a decade ago, as the industry shifted to co-mingled recycling, where you just throw everything (paper, plastic, steel, aluminum, glass) into one can. This reflected the move towards better and better “MRFs” or Materials Recovery Facilities—that use all kinds of high-tech machinery for sorting out all the recyclables. We currently ship our comingled recycling to a facility in Woodinville where our materials are sorted mechanically and by hand.
Please be advised that as of November 2014 we can no longer accept recyclables that are in BLACK OR WHITE PLASTIC BAGS. In fact, avoid the use of plastic bags completely! Collect your clean recyclables in brown paper shopping bags, or cardboard boxes.
Here’s a complete list of what they will (and will not) accept: