Nearly Half of Consumers Fail Recycling Quiz

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“Most consumers care about the environment and want to recycle – but many of them are genuinely unsure about how and what to recycle,” says Pete Keller, vice president of recycling and sustainability. “About one-third of what people put in their recycling containers doesn’t belong there.”

When it came to selecting non-recyclable items, survey respondents overwhelming gave wrong answers:

  • 65% thought plastic grocery bags could be recycled curbside;
  • 53% believed aluminum foil is recyclable; and
  • 41% picked clothing as a recycling container item.

What you put in your recycling container is more important than how much you put in there. You can become an A student in recycling by following the rule “when in doubt, throw it out” and sticking to these three categories of materials:

  1. Paper and cardboard
  2. Metal or aluminum cans
  3. Plastic bottles and jugs

To learn more, read this month’s Beyond the Blue blog post.
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posted on 09/14/2018
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