From Southern Chester County Weeklies
May 17, 2019
LONDON GROVE — Earlier this month, Steve Burn and Scott Mengle stood in the recycling processing facility at Southeastern Chester County Refuse Authority off Route 926 in West Grove. Among the recyclables were soiled pizza boxes, empty oil quarts, broken glass and half-empty bottles of cooking oil. They know that a few items like these will likely end up causing the entire batch to be relegated to the landfill.
“When you put things in the recycling bin — glass, an olive oil container with a little oil in it, soda bottles — that all mixes together in the truck,” said Mengle, general manager of the SECCRA landfill, which serves 24 municipalities in southern Chester County. “What happens is the mixed paper ends up getting really contaminated by all the liquids and broken glass. The whole thing will get landfilled.”