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  • Recycling is Easy!

    Really!
  • With more and more attention being paid to preserving natural resources, recycling has become a more mainstream practice in recent years.
    Grocery stores offer stations to recycle plastic and paper bags, an increasing number of products boast recycled content, and regional trash collection services take most non-food trash for recycling.
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    • What goes and what doesn’t
      While some items require special consideration for recycling, a fairly specific list applies in most large cities.
      Items that can be recycled run the gamut and seem as plentiful as items that ar...
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      What goes and what doesn’t
      While some items require special consideration for recycling, a fairly specific list applies in most large cities.

      Items that can be recycled run the gamut and seem as plentiful as items that are prohibited at this point. Be sure you are putting them in the correct container. You may need an official barrel and a basket for separate items.

      Things to recycle include:

      • aluminum foil

      • tin cans (test with a magnet)

      • plastic items number one through seven

      • cardboard

      • newspaper

      • glass (no glassware or broken pieces)

      • paper egg cartons

      • beverage cases and carriers

      • envelopes – with and without windows

      • tubes from toilet paper or paper towels

      • construction paper

      • wrapping paper

      • shoeboxes

      Non-recyclable items most commonly tossed

      into recycle bins include the following:

      • water bottle lids

      • pizza boxes contaminated with grease

      or leftover food

      • Styrofoam (other than peanuts which

      can be dropped off at transfer station

      or elsewhere)

      • photographs

      • pet food bags

      • plastic wrap

      • foil paper

      • ribbons

      • frozen food boxes

      • tissue paper

      • plastic lids

      If in doubt, always check with your sanitation station.
  • With more and more attention being paid to preserving natural resources, recycling has become a more mainstream practice in recent years.
    Grocery stores offer stations to recycle plastic and paper bags, an increasing number of products boast recycled content, and regional trash collection services take most non-food trash for recycling.
    With taking out the trash being a less than glamorous chore to begin with, recycling can be simplified in ways to encourage the whole family to get involved.
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