Take #1More Step to Becoming a Better Recycler

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4 Tips to Help You Recycle

[/av_textblock] [av_textblock size='18' font_color='' color='' av-medium-font-size='' av-small-font-size='' av-mini-font-size='' admin_preview_bg=''] Now that we know why it’s important to recycle correctly (see below if you need a refresher), let’s dive into the 4 tips that can help you become a better recycler.

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Tip #1: Only Place These Recyclables in the Curbside Recycling Container:

  • Paper - newspapers, envelopes, mail, phone books and magazines
  • Flattened cardboard, file folders and poster board
  • Plastic bottles and containers
  • Aluminum and tin food and beverage cans

Composite packaging (a fancy name for packaging that’s made up of different materials), can’t be recycled unless you separate the materials before placing them in the recycling container. For example, think bottled water packaging or toy packaging – both of which often contain cardboard and plastic.

Tip #2: Recyclables Should Be Empty, Clean & Dry

Make sure recyclables are empty of any contents, clean of any residue and dry before placing them into the recycling container.

Tip #3: When In Doubt, Throw It Out

Many consumers put items into the recycling container hoping that they are recyclable. Despite these good intentions, some items should not be mixed in with clean recyclables. If questioning whether something is recyclable or not, follow the guidance, “When in doubt, throw it out,” by tossing the item into the trash container.

Tip #4: Know What Should Never be Placed in the Curbside Recycling Container

The graphic in the story below is a great cheat sheet for items that should never be placed in your curbside recycling container. Here are a few more to add to the list:

  • Plants, grass clippings, cords and garden hoses
  • Fiberglass and other foam packing material
  • Treated or contaminated wood, sheetrock or drywall
  • Metal such as chains, tools and car parts
  • Electronic devices and equipment as well as batteries, fluorescent bulbs and ballasts are hazardous materials that must be handled differently than other household waste and recyclables.

Seem like a lot of info? Don’t get overwhelmed. Perhaps start slow by introducing one of these tips at a time into your recycling habits or make a game of it with your family. Any step to incorporate these tips is a step in the right direction. Now, that’s doing your part to protect our Blue Planet®. [/read]
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Take #1More Step to Becoming a Better Recycler

[/av_textblock] [av_textblock size='18' font_color='' color='' av-medium-font-size='' av-small-font-size='' av-mini-font-size='' admin_preview_bg=''] Customers, businesses and well, really everyone is buzzing about sustainability. Everyone wants to feel like they’re doing their part to take care of the earth. Throwing that aluminum can or detergent bottle in the blue container is an easy way to feel some warm fuzzies for being a good steward of the planet and recycling.

What if we told you that if we’re not recycling the correct items the correct way, we’re actually doing more harm than good by contaminating the recycling waste stream? Think about it like this: when we put any other item in our recycling container other than what is intended to be collected and recycled, we’re hindering the recycling process. This even includes ketchup residue at the bottom of the bottle or drops of liquid from your soda.

What’s the big deal with a little liquid mixed in with your recyclables? In order for some items like cardboard or paper to get recycled, they have to remain dry. Once that smashed – and now leaking – ketchup bottle comes into contact with other recyclables, the entire batch can become contaminated. With that, these materials can say adios to the recycling centers and hello to the landfill.

This is where that happy song in your head – you know the one that’s playing when you feel like you’re doing something good – comes to a screeching halt.

There’s no doubt your intentions to recycle properly are good. But if you’re going to recycle, let’s get it right! This year, in recognition of Earth Day, we encourage you to take your recycling habits to the next level with #1MORE act to reduce contamination of the recycling waste stream.

Think you’re already scoring high on the recycling meter? Check back tomorrow for 4 tips to make sure you’re doing it right.

In the meantime, check out this graphic. Then, print it, memorize it, do whatever you need to so you can remember these top items contaminating the recycling waste stream. When you’re contemplating what to do with one of these, make it easy –throw it out!
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