Recycling is an important part of keeping the environment relatively safe from industrial and household waste. Plastics are among the major concerns, but they are not the only ones. Today we have some quick tips for our readers to help make the most of their curbside recycling effort.
1. Choose Recycling Service Providers Carefully
Not all recycling service providers are equally dedicated, and some of them don’t even have the facilities or equipment to handle the job they should be doing. When that happens, whatever you’re trying to recycle will end up in a landfill anyway.
In addition, your recycling service provider should be dedicated to making the job of its customers easier. A good example is the single-stream recycling service developed by West Away Systems. Each reusable item can be thrown inside their single recycle bin, instead of sorting the waste before storing it in several different bins each day. To learn more about the single-stream recycling process they use, visit westawaysystems.com.
2. Familiarize yourself with common reusable items
If more people knew what could be recycled, it would help recycling facilities a lot. They can be more effective with their own time and effort if fewer people throw unused items in the recycling bin. Check out the list below to learn what some common curbside, reusable items are:
- Beverage bottles and food containers of all types made of hard plastic or glass
- Any non-greasy paper-made item, which may include cardboard boxes, books and magazines, newspapers, paper mail, etc.
- Cans, glasses, containers and showpieces made of tin, aluminum, iron or steel (the list of recycled metals can be extensive, so check with your waste management company)
3. Learn About Common Unrecoverable Items
Despite our best intentions, we often make mistakes that make the overall recycling process less effective. Therefore, do not throw the following items inside the recycling bin:
- Bubble wrap, stretch wrap, shrink wrap and tape made from malleable plastic polymers
- thin film plastic carry bag
- Made from beverage cups (soda, coffee, beer, etc.), egg cartons, and other containers Styrofoam (EPS)
- Anything made of paper that is greasy/oily, such as food containers/holders, plates, pizza boxes, etc.
- Used cosmetics such as paper towels, tissue paper, tampons, sanitary pads, and diapers
- Ceramic items such as broken toilet bowls, ceramic sinks and plates
- Used and/or broken bulbs and tube lights
- broken glass pieces
- Any type of construction/demolition (C&D) debris
- Electronic products and home appliances (recycling may be possible, but not curbside)
- Any type of chemical container (strong cleaners, acids, formaldehyde, etc.) or oil container (motor oil)
- scrap metal pieces
- food waste
Note that organic waste (food waste) and electronic equipment can also be recycled, but this is a different process entirely. you can take a few steps on your own To recycle food waste as well. Large-scale organic waste recycling is typically a service provided by a city, state, or council, although it may or may not be available in your location.
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