What can I recycle? This is a questions we often get when we visit with customers, communities, residents, and schools. To understand what to recycle, lets first take a look at why we recycle in the first place.
Benefits of Recycling
The EPA explains that recycling:
- Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators
- Conserves natural resources such as timber, water and minerals
- Increases economic security by tapping a domestic source of materials
- Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials
- Saves energy
- Supports American manufacturing and conserves valuable resources
- Helps create jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States
Most people remember the basics from elementary school Paper, Plastic, and Metal all go in the blue bin. What we do find is that more people don’t need to know “What can I recycle” but rather what CAN’T I recycle.
Download this easy to read chart and place it over your blue bins.
With so many different types of plastics, packaging materials, food containers, etc. people get confused and end up throwing the wrong things in the wrong bin, thus causing contamination issues.
Unacceptable Items Include:
- Absolutely No Food Waste
- Dirty Paper Towels/Tissues
- Hazardous Material Containers
- Pyrex Dish Ware
- Window Glass
- Carbon Paper
- Light Bulbs
If our more of a visual person check out our 3 golden rules of recycling video. It breaks down the commonly used items and explains what items go in what bin.
If your home or business is in need of recycling service, check us out here!