Millennium Recycling News
May 2017

How Are We Doing?

Please follow the safety guidelines when unloading your materials! We want every single person to go home to their families safely. A man was recently crushed by his truck's compactor while unloading at a transfer station in Idaho. This is a horrible example of why it's so important to be alert and follow safety procedures while unloading, no matter how simple they may seem.

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Our simple waste audit can help reduce contamination and increase your recycling rate. Contact us to schedule an on-location waste audit with your commercial customers. 

Get quick access to hauler educational tools, guidelines and resources all in one place. 

Welcome Bruce Williams
Please join us in welcoming Bruce Williams to the Millennium team in the role of Supplier Relations!

Bruce will be helping us bring on new suppliers and communities as well as supporting current partner relationships. He will also be leading our summer event program with the Ecomaniacs. 

With recent experience as the City Administrator for the City of Tyler, Minnesota, and  prior to that,  a long-time Senior Analyst for Rancho Mirage, California, Bruce brings a new perspective and has some exciting ideas to help us improve supplier support at all levels.  In his previous positions, Bruce w orked with  waste and recycling haulers to resolve  issues and ensured a fair rate structure was in place for all parties. He was also responsible for c reating city-wide sustainability and  recycling programs such as food waste and C&D  recycling. 

Bruce served 10 years in the US Navy and  now enjoys s pending time with local family, w orking on his old Jeep CJ7,  boating and fishing in his spare time. 

Welcome to the team, Bruce!
All About the Bag
It's one of the most popular questions we get...and one of the most problematic materials! The plastic bag. Let's breakdown all of the details:


1. Are plastic bags recyclable? YES!


2. How should plastic bags be recycled? 

  • Small Quantities: In small quantities from residents or businesses, plastic bags can be recycled right in the single stream. We just ask that they are bagged together in a clear bag and tied shut. Get more details here.
  • Large Generators: In large quantities from commercial generators, we accept plastic bags and "film" separately in 3 different manners: Baled, Bagged in Gaylord, or Loose in Gaylord. See pricing structure and details here.

3. What CAN you include in the bag of bags?


  • Plastic grocery, retail, dry-cleaning bags, bubble wrap
  • Plastic bread bags, produce bags, plastic wrap
  • Plastic wrap from paper products (paper towels, toilet paper)
  • Plastic salt bags (remove rigid plastic handles)
  • Plastic zipper bags (remove top closing mechanism)
  • Plastic stretch/shrink wrap
  • 6-pack holder rings

4. What CAN'T you include in the bag of bags?

  • Paper (reciepts, tags, etc)
  • Sticky labels or tape
  • Plastic bags with food residue
  • Plastic bags that are wet
  • No string or hard plastic handles
  • Plastic food containers
  • Plastic bottles
  • Bags with plant-based additives, compostable, or biodegradable bags

5. Can you Bag other materials? 

  • Preferably No: Besides plastic film and shredded paper, we prefer all other single stream materials to be loose, not bagged, but we will accept it in minimal amounts. 
  • If Must Be Bagged: Make sure it's in a clear bag so we can see what's inside. If it's in a black or solid colored bag, it creates a safety and quality issue. Our employees have to rip open bagged material, and sometimes what we find inside is not pretty....and definitely not recyclable.
  • Special Items: On special occasions, we may direct your or your customers to use heavy duty bags with zip ties for unique materials. This is only for special items and must always be pre-approved by Millennium.

6. Why Can't Bags be Loose?

  • Plastic bags are one of two items we have to manually separate out of the single stream material (bagged shredded paper is the other item). When bags come in loose, it makes it very difficult for team members to grab them. When bags are bagged together and tied shut, it is much easier to see them and grab them off the line. If bags make their way past our sorting team and into our equipment, they can jam up the machinery and really slow us down.
"On the Line" is our quarterly newsletter meant to keep you i nformed on current events at our facility, in our community and in the recycling industry. If you want to hear about a topic or have a question you want us to answer, please let us know! We look forward to keeping you updated, thanks for your continued partnership as a Millennium Recycling customer.