Five Recycling Tips

Aug 3rd 2010 at 6:07 PM

Here are some tips to help you be a successful recycler.

What's that - if you remember to carry the can out to the curb, you are already successful?
Well,  I hate to tell you, but if you aren't following your local rules, your items are probably just ending up in the landfill anyway!    Items that do not meet the standards of the program that they are entering will not be recycled.  Following a few simple rules will make your recycling efforts truly pay off.

1. Take the cap off

This may sound silly, but if you put the top back on your soda bottle or jelly jar, chances are it will not make it to the recycling center.  The container and the cap are not made of the same materials and therefore cannot be recycled together.
Most recycling centers do not have the state of the art facilities required to recycle items and tops/caps together and certainly cannot afford the man-power to manually remove the tops from all of those containers, so they just wind up in the landfill.

2. Remove the labels

Many  programs do not require that labels be removed anymore, but some still do, depending on how state of the art your local facility is.

3. Separate Items

Many programs do not have the equipment to sort items into different types.  If your program requires that you separate aluminum from bi-metal, then do it!  The same goes for different paper types, glass, etc.

4. Wash it out

Most programs do not require everything to be washed, but certain substances can contaminate everything they come in contact with.  These include motor oil, detergents, and paints, just to name a few.

5. Pay attention to the numbers

The numbers on the bottoms of plastic containers indicate the type of plastic they contain.  The higher the number, the more difficult they are to recycle.  Most programs only recycle number 1 and 2.

To sum it all up, you really need to check the rules in your area and abide by them.  Some programs are more state of the art than others and operate at a higher level of automation than others.  Don't waste your efforts by skipping a few simple steps.

Please to comment
May 18th 2016 at 6:04 AM by EviJanna
The only reason I don't take the cap of, is because I don't want my garbage to smell too bad. But my solution is to just keep al the all the bottles in one place. And when I throw them all away, I keep donate the caps.
Sep 29th 2010 at 9:52 PM by coolindiansurfer
Thanks for the tips
Sep 21st 2010 at 10:09 PM by theagold17
great... thanks
Sep 21st 2010 at 10:09 PM by theagold17
well thanks for sharing
Aug 23rd 2010 at 6:59 AM by vitalwebs
Great tips! Thanks for sharing.
Aug 22nd 2010 at 3:46 PM by smhwrite
Another tip is to take your paper to schools. Many of them have paper bins and the school gets paid money for the paper. This may help them in the budget crunch time or if enough people bring in their shredded junkmail, newspaper ect may even help them not have to raise taxes.
Aug 21st 2010 at 6:48 PM by incomepowerboost
These are things alot people dont know or consider well writen informitive article
Aug 21st 2010 at 9:59 AM by CraftCycler
Thanks for the compliment goals:)
Aug 21st 2010 at 9:09 AM by goals
Good advice, thanks for this information.
Aug 15th 2010 at 11:33 AM by CraftCycler
You're welcome, Terry! Thanks for reading:)
Aug 15th 2010 at 10:54 AM by TerryHoneyman
Very informative ... thanks for posting!

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