A lot of Americans are now recycling which is great! But… a lot of the times people don’t know what to recycle or if something is able to be recycled or not. To end this confusion and worry that I know we are all having, below is going to be that mystery list that contains what CAN and CANNOT be recycled!
I some found interesting information on ecoscapes.com. They had 3 general guidelines that I thought would be beneficial to share:
- Recycle all bottles, cans, and paper
- Keep items relatively clean
- Don’t mix plastic bags in with the rest of your recycled items
With that said let’s go over the DO’s and DON’T!
Plastics/Bottles: This includes any plastic bottles or containers.
Paper and Cardboard: This includes cereal boxes, snack/cracker cardboard boxes, phonebooks, magazines, mail (recommend to take your information off first), all paper, newspaper, and cardboard.
Metals: This includes tin, aluminum, and steel cans.
Glass: This includes food containers, jars, soft drink containers, beer, wine and liquor bottles.
Loose Plastic Bags: This includes plastic shopping bags and plastic stretch wrap.
Polystyrene Foam Cups or Containers: This includes egg cartons, take out containers and drinking cups.
Soiled Food Items: This includes food soiled containers and soiled paper products.
Others: This includes broken or sharp glass, fast food packaging and plastic utensils.
About 70% of our trash can be recycled
We only recycle 30% 🙁
LET’S CHANGE THAT!!