Should You Trash It or Recycle It?

some items should be recycled and others should be thrown awayThe average person wants to recycle more. Why don’t they? It’s usually because they feel unsure of what should and shouldn’t be recycled. You’re not going to look something up on the internet every time you’re unsure — because who actually has the time to do that?

As an alternative, we’ve made you a quick list for you to skim (and reference to in the future). So make sure you keep this blog bookmarked for easy access!

Recycle It

Many town and cities with their own recycling programs will differ in the items they do and do not accept. While some programs vary, there are main recyclables that you can feel safe placing in your recycling bin — just be sure to separate paper from plastic from glass, etc.

  • Plastics – Most cleaned out plastic containers labeled #1-7
  • Cardboard – Regular or corrugated; must be flattened
  • Paper Products – Office paper, mail, magazines, newspapers, brown bags
  • Paper Cartons – Milk, juice, egg
  • Aluminum/Steel/Tin Cans – Soda, food, spray paint, shaving cream, air fresheners
  • Glass – Bottles and jars; any color is fine; do not place broken glass in the recycling bin
  • Other Metals – Wire hangers, pots, pans

Trash It

Placing items that cannot be recycled into a recycling bin can cause a lot of problems for the environment (and your recycling service provider). Pay attention to these items and make sure they’re thrown into the garbage can and NOT the recycling bin.

  • Plastic Bags – Shopping, grocery, garbage bags
  • Styrofoam – Packing materials, cups, containers
  • Clothing – Any form of clothing, including shoes
  • Paper Food Storage – Pizza boxes, takeout food containers, potato chip bags, candy wrappers, bread bags
  • Outside Materials – Logs, stumps, sticks, rocks, dirt
  • Miscellaneous – Car and household batteries, motor oil, antifreeze, paint, tires, light bulbs, empty ink cartridges

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