Recycling is a great way to help the environment, reduce waste and save you money. If you ever need a reminder of what items can be recycled, remember the acronym PPMG. It stands for Plastic, Paper, Metal and Glass, which can almost always be placed in your recycling bin.
When it comes to recycling, there are a few things you can do to help make sure your trash gets where it needs to go.
First and foremost, make sure that you have the right bin for your recyclables. If you live in an apartment or condo and don’t have a separate bin for your recycling, make sure that you have a box or bag that isn’t too big or too small. Recycling materials can get compacted in larger containers, which slows down the process and makes it more difficult for trucks to pick up.
If you live in a multi-family building where multiple residents are throwing out their trash on top of each other, consider separating out your recyclables from the rest of your trash, so they don’t get mixed up with other materials like food scraps or diapers (which unfortunately does happen). This will help ensure that all your recyclables get picked up and sent off to be recycled!
There are other household items that you might think should go into the recycling bin but shouldn't. Here's a look at some common misconceptions about recycling (and how to keep from being misled):
Plastic bags: Plastic bags are made of polyethylene, which can't be recycled in most facilities because it clogs up the machines. The best thing you can do with plastic bags is to reuse them as many times as possible or throw them out after use.
Egg cartons: Despite what they may say on egg carton packaging, these containers aren't suitable for recycling programs because they're made from multiple types of plastics that aren't easily separated at sorting facilities — so they end up being rejected. But if you wash them out thoroughly before recycling them and make sure they don't contain any food residue.
What to recycle?
• Plastic containers with a recycling triangle on the bottom, including all bottles, pails, tubs, and jugs
• Aluminum drink cans
• Steel (tin) food cans
• Milk and juice cartons
• Juice boxes
• Newspapers and junk mail
• Magazines, phone books, household paper
• Cardboard egg cartons and paper tubes
• Pizza boxes
• Glass jars and bottles
What not to recycle?
• Household hazardous waste containers, such as antifreeze
• Aluminum foil or foil pie plates
• Foil or foam takeout food containers
• Foam packaging, foam egg cartons or foam meat trays
• Soiled paper or boxes
• Mirrors, window glass or light bulbs
• Drinking glasses, ceramics, or cookware
• Broken glass
Flatten boxes: When recycling cardboard boxes, it’s important to break them down. This helps to not only save space in your bin, but also helps the recycling plants process these items faster.
Keeping hallways clear: It’s important to keep the hallways clear that lead to the recycling bins. Please don't leave your recycle bag in the hallway.
Rinse your recyclable: Rinse your recyclable items before throwing them in the bin – this will help reduce any sticky residue and bad smell from the milk cartons.
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