Helpful Recycling Tips

Become a contributing member of the global community by reducing waste and recycling commonly used goods. Household containers and materials can often be reused or recycled instead of becoming mounds of waste at a landfill. At first, the task may seem foreign and a bit daunting, but with a little effort, recycling can be as easy as changing a waste liner on a trash bin.

To implement recycling practices in your home, let’s discuss some basic knowledge and steps to help build a healthy habit of recycling.

What Materials are Recyclable?

There is a difference between waste and recyclable materials. To avoid confusion, here’s a quick list of materials that can be recycled, but be sure to check out your local recycling policies before chucking everything into the same bin!:

  • Aluminum
    • Soda and beer cans
    • Clean aluminum foil
    • Empty Aerosol cans
    • Rinsed canned food containers
  • Paper
    • Brochures
    • Newspapers and magazines
    • Junk mail and envelopes
    • Cardboard Boxes
    • Stationary
    • Printed Paper
  • Glass
    • Glass jars
    • Soda, beer, and wine Bottles
    • Glass cups
  • Plastic
    • Water, milk, and juice containers
    • Shampoo and soap bottles
    • Peanut butter jars
    • Bleach and detergent Bottles

Items to Avoid

Not all household items are recyclable. Here’s a quick list of items you will want to avoid recycling at all times:

  • Chemically contaminated containers
  • Plastic bags
  • Syringes
  • Used tissues, napkins, or paper towels

These items are considered waste or hazardous and should not be combined with your recyclables. If you have questions or concerns, contact your local waste management center for further information.

Storage Bins and Containers

Let creativity inspire your methods of storage and containment. A few ideas to implement around the house can be:

  • If your city doesn’t support single-stream recycling, separate types of materials per individual containers/bins
  • Color code and label each bin according to material type (i.e. plastics, paper, aluminum)
  • Choose large containers/bins to avoid clutter
  • Crush cans and plastic bottles to make more space
  • If your city doesn’t accept glass as part of its curbside recycling program, they may accept it at a designated recycling center

Keep in Mind

Items covered in soil or food waste are non-recyclable as they can contaminate the recycling processes. In order to avoid contamination, rinse and dry recyclable materials before dispensing them at recycling centers. Also, while it may be tempting to recycle all and any plastic materials, various plastic goods are made with different grades and types of plastic. Look for symbols and indicators on plastic bottles and containers to discover whether or not an item is able to be recycled.

For more information and affordable waste management services, contact PBS Services Inc. and a friendly customer service representative will be happy to assist you.

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