ODESSA, Texas (YourBasin) – Election season may be over, but those campaign signs can still be seen around the basin.
Campaign signs pose a significant challenge when it comes to recycling. The reason being that they are made out of various materials. To properly dispose of them, you have to take them apart and dispose of each portion based on its content. Household Hazardous Waste Supervisor, Rachel Koranteng says campaign signs could be hazardous to the environment.
“Once it rains, all the chemicals and everything, once it breaks down, it gets into our soil, and we don’t want that. We ask people to use items that are recyclable like cardboard. But a lot of them are made out of materials that cannot be recycled.” She says.
Koranteng says a lot of campaign signs are number 5 material, or polypropylene, meaning it is a robust and sturdy material and has a high resistance to heat. The Odessa recycling center does not recycle number 5 material, and Koranteng recommends that you throw it in the trash instead of leaving a campaign sign on the side of the road.
If you plan on making campaign signs, Koranteng suggests you use cardboard or other recyclable material.