The trash and recycling industry is changing in the United States. In 2018, China, the largest consumer of recyclables in the world, began imposing new rules on the recycled goods it purchases as part of an anti-pollution campaign. Now, each package of goods that China accepts can only have a maximum contamination rate of 0.5 percent. With these stricter standards, a stray plastic bag or piece of Styrofoam can disqualify an entire load of recycling.
Gilbert is using the community’s feedback to help plan for the future of its trash and recycling services. The results below are based on responses collected in the 2019 Gilbert Bulk Trash and Recycling Program survey.
When was the survey released?
The survey was shared from September 3-17, 2019, on our social media channels (Nextdoor, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), e-notification lists, and Gilbert’s website. We needed at least 2,380 responses to reach an accurate sample size for Gilbert’s population of 266,971. This would also give us a 95% confidence level and 2% margin of error.
We received 5,160 responses! Let’s look at what Gilbert residents had to say.
Here’s what you had to say about recycling in Gilbert:
Here’s what you had to say about bulk trash in Gilbert:
Thank you to all of our community members who provided their feedback! We are using this data to help Gilbert gauge public opinion on bulk and recycling services. The feedback will help us understand how you use Gilbert’s recycling service so we can take proactive measures in reducing contamination and providing better service. This data will be utilized as Gilbert’s Environmental Services team continues to evaluate our current program and the market to better understand the future of the community’s recycling and bulk trash programs. We’ll be sure to share more information as soon as it’s available.
It’s so important to reduce contamination by recycling right. We need your help! View what’s acceptable and unacceptable in your recycling container at gilbertaz.gov/recycle.
Learn more helpful tips and bulk items we do and do not collect at gilbertaz.gov/trash.
Want to make your own connections? View the data set here!
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