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By Anne O’Connor

aoconnor@nashobavalleyvoice.com

GROTON — When the wrong stuff gets caught in the recycling stream, the machinery can get all jammed up. That costs money.

Groton will work with The Recycling Partnership, a national nonprofit organization, and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to reduce the quantity of contaminates in its recycling, The Recycling Partnership announced in a press release at the end of June.

The town will use “The Recycling IQ Kit,” an education outreach program developed in 2016. Lowell was one of the partner cities in the pilot program.

Targeted messaging and feedback through mailers, signs, newspapers and social media is part of the kit.

The effort includes some hand-on work. If inspectors with the program find contaminated recycling, that container will not be picked up. Instead, residents will learn what is not allowed and will need to remove the contaminants before the recycling is removed.

Plastic bags and food waste were the top problems identified in the 2016 pilot program. The program resulted in 30 percent fewer contaminants at the curb and a reduction of 40 percent of contaminants at drop-off centers.

Tessa David, director at MassToss, the North Central Regional Solid Waste Cooperative in Devens, said in an email that she and Groton Department of Public Works Director Tom Delaney will be working with The Recycling Partnership.

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