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Recycling Tips

Even though it doesn't feel like it, spring time is near! That means spring cleaning is near! So in order to get prepared for it, we wanted to share some top recycling tips as shared by local author, Peggy Longley:

How We Recycle Is Important!

• Every person in the US produces about 5 lbs. of trash per day.

• 22% is food waste so composting is extremely important!

• No plastic bags [at the grocery store]!

• Clean food from jars, cans, plastics. No loose lids or caps.

• Remove & discard all corks, rings, metal wraps.

• Corrugated cardboard should not exceed 2 ft x 2 ft pieces.

• Flatten all containers. No plastic liners or bubble wrap.

• Non-recyclables, food & liquids can contaminate the whole bin!


Single Stream Recycling Guidelines:

  • Mixed Paper
    • What to recycle:
      • Mail and envelopes
      • Magazines and catalogues
      • Paperback books
      • Greeting cards
      • Shredded paper (placed in a plastic bag)
      • Wrapping paper
      • Fax and printing paper
      • Paper Bags
      • Newspaper
    • What NOT to recycle:
      • Paper towels
      • Facial tissue
      • Napkins
      • Cigarette packs
      • Candy wrappers
      • Waxed or plastic-coated paper
      • Wrapping tissue paper
      • Foil wrapping paper

  • Thin cardboard
    • What to recycle:
      • Shoe boxes
      • Pasta, cereal, cake mix (etc.) boxes
      • Gift boxes
      • Soda or beer packaging
      • Toothpaste boxes
      • Egg cartons
      • Toilet paper rolls
      • Tissue boxes
      • Frozen food boxes
    • What NOT to recycle
      • Boxes with silver or foil coatings
      • Anything dirty or greasy or plastic-coated

  • Corrugated cardboard
    • What to recycle
      • Any corrugated boxes as long as they are flattened and folded
      • Pizza boxes (greasy liner removed)
    • What NOT to recycle
      • Dirty or greasy cardboard


  • Aluminum and tin cans
    • What to recycle
      • All aluminum and tin cans
      • Foil pie plates
      • Wire clothes hangers
      • Empty steel aerosol cans
    • What NOT to recycle
      • Scrap metal
      • Paint cans
      • Hypodermic needles

  • Glass bottles and jars
    • What to recycle
      • Mayonnaise jars
      • Vinegar bottles
      • Spaghetti, apple sauce, salsa, baby food jars
      • Wine and beer bottles
    • What NOT to recycle
      • Broken glass
      • Glass windows
      • Crystal
      • Mirrors
      • Cups, dishes, plates
      • Pyrex
      • Ceramics
      • Light bulbs

  • Plastics
    • What to recycle
      • Soda, water, and juice bottles
      • Detergent bottles
      • Fabric cleaner or bleach bottles
      • Salad dressing bottles
      • Saline solution bottles
      • Shampoo bottles
      • Cleaning solution bottles
    • What NOT to recycle
      • Plastic shopping bags
      • Plastic food wrap
      • Potato chip and sandwich bags
      • Styrofoam
      • Automotive fluid bottles (oil, antifreeze, brake fluid)

  • Cartons
    • What to recycle
      • Milk and juice cartons
      • Cream and creamer containers
      • Juice boxes
      • Flavored milk boxes
    • What NOT to recycle
      • Ice cream boxes
      • TV dinner containers
      • Margarine boxes
      • Cream cheese boxes

We hope these tips provided some valuable information on how to handle some waste from your upcoming spring cleaning. What tips do you use while handling your recycling?

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