Jefferson City commission, staff exploring ways to clean up residents’ recycling practices

Julie Smith/News Tribune photo:
A Republic Services waste truck stops Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023 on the entry scale to the company's landfill as workers in the foreground finish up the rail and walkway around the recently installed new scale.
Julie Smith/News Tribune photo: A Republic Services waste truck stops Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023 on the entry scale to the company's landfill as workers in the foreground finish up the rail and walkway around the recently installed new scale.

At least a quarter of what Jefferson City residents put in the recycle bin each month ends up in the local landfill.

According to data from Republic Services, curbside recycling collects approximately 200 tons a month and an average of 25 percent, or 50 tons, is contaminated, and thus removed and...