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Recycling 101

What is recycling?Recycling is the process of collecting và processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash và turning them into new products. Recycling can benefit your community, the economy and the environment.Is recycling truly beneficial for the environment? data show that recycling conserves energy và natural resources. For example:

Recycling one ton of office paper can save the energy equivalent of consuming 322 gallons of gasoline.Recycling just one ton of aluminum cans conserves more than 152 million Btu, the equivalent of 1,024 gallons of gasoline or 21 barrels of oil consumed.

How does recycling save energy?When we make new products out of virgin materials, we expend energy khổng lồ extract and process those materials. This includes burning fossil fuels. However, if we manufacture products using recycled materials, we reduce the need for virgin materials & save the energy required khổng lồ extract và process them.

To estimate how much energy you can save by recycling certain products, has developed a tool called the individual Waste Reduction mã sản phẩm (iWARM). This tool calculates how much energy you save by recycling aluminum cans, glass or plastic bottles, magazines or plastic grocery bags, & shows you how long those savings could nguồn different electrical appliances.

Is recycling the best management option? What other options are there?The most effective way khổng lồ reduce waste, & the most environmentally preferred strategy, is to not create it in the first place. Source reduction, along with material reuse, are the most functional ways lớn save natural resources, protect the environment and save money. Making a new product requires a lot of materials và energy, from extracting raw materials khổng lồ fabricating the hàng hóa to transporting it to lớn the place of purchase. Check out tips for reducing and reusing, & donation.

How vị I know what my local recycling options are?Please tương tác your local county or municipality lớn determine your local recycling options. Additionally, please kiểm tra out the I Want to lớn Be Recycledwebsite for more information.

Why is it important khổng lồ only put items that can be recycled in the recycling bin?Putting items in the recycling bin that can’t be recycled can contaminate the recycling stream. After these unrecyclable items arrive at recycling centers, they can cause costly damage to the equipment. Additionally, after arriving at recycling centers, they must be sorted out và then sent lớn landfills, which raises costs for the facility. That is why it is important to kiểm tra with your local recycling provider khổng lồ ensure that they will accept certain items before placing them into a bin. Some items may also be accepted at retail locations or other at local recycling centers.Furthermore, some recycling providers require different types of materials to lớn be collected in bins (multi-stream recycling), whereas other providers may accept different types of materials that are put together in the same bin (single-stream recycling).

Why are some items that look recyclable not accepted at my recycling facility?Your local recycling facility might not accept all recyclable items. This is especially true with plastics. While plastic bottles are the most commonly recycled plastic products, other plastics may or may not be accepted in your area, so first kiểm tra what your local recycling provider accepts. It is important khổng lồ understand that the existence of a plastic resin code on the sản phẩm does not guarantee that the sản phẩm is recyclable in your area. Additionally, glass may not be accepted in some areas, so please confirm with your local provider.What should I never put in my recycling bin(s)?

Garden hosesSewing needlesBowling ballsFood or food-soiled paperPropane tanks or cylindersAerosol cans that aren’t empty

What are the most common items that I can put into my curbside recycling bin?

CardboardPaperFood boxesMailBeverage cansFood cansGlass bottlesJars (glass và plastic)JugsPlastic bottles and caps

Generally, these are the most commonly recycled items. Please confirm with your local recycling provider first before putting these items in your curbside recycling bin, however, since what is accepted depends on your area.

What are recyclable items that I can’t put in my curbside recycling bin?Generally, plastic bags và wraps, electronics, and textiles cannot go in a curbside recycling bin. Please kiểm tra with your local recycling provider first, though, to be certain since it depends on your local area. Bởi vì not put items in your recycling bin unless you know they are accepted. Non-recyclable items can contaminate a whole load of recyclables, causing them lớn all be thrown out.

What is composting? Is it truly beneficial for the environment? How do I vì chưng it?Compost is organic material that can be added to lớn soil to lớn help plants grow. It enriches soil, helping retain moisture & suppress plant diseases và pests. Compost also reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, and it encourages the production of beneficial bacteria và fungi that break down organic matter to lớn create humus, a rich nutrient-filled material.To compost at home, you’ll need browns (dead leaves, branches and/or twigs), greens (grass clippings, vegetable waste, fruit scraps and/or coffee grounds), & water, along with a dry, shady spot for your pile or bin.

View’s Composting At trang chủ page for more information.

Plastic Bags, Wrap (film) và Sacks

Are paper or plastic shopping bags better for the environment? How about reusable bags versus disposal bags? does not have information on the environmental benefits of paper versus plastic bags. The Agency encourages consumers to:

Reduce the number of bags they use,Reduce the number of bags they throw away after one use,Reuse bags, andRecycle bags when they can no longer be used.

Consumers also can reduce waste by using reusable shopping bags.

Can I recycle plastic bags và wrap/film? If so, how và where?First, be sure lớn cut off the zippers (if necessary).Many grocery & stores will accept plastic bags & wrap/film. Please ask your local grocery & store, or visit the Plastic Film Recycling websiteor Earth911 lớn find a location nearest you that recycles plastic bags & plastic wrap/film.

Food & Drink Containers

Can I recycle?...

Styrofoam: While most recyclers don’t accept Styrofoam, check with your local recycling provider first khổng lồ be certain.

Egg cartons: It depends on the material of the carton. Please kiểm tra with your local recycling provider first to be certain.

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Are plastic or glass bottles better for the environment? What about aluminum, tin và steel cans? uses a life cycle perspective when comparing the environmental impact of different materials và products. The Waste Reduction mã sản phẩm is a tool that can help an individual, business or municipality compare the environmental impact of 54 materials và six management practices. We don’t promote a single material or management practice; alternatively, we encourage users to compare scenarios themselves.

Can I recycle materials with food residue or does the material have lớn be perfectly clean? While we provide general guidance below, please check with your local recycling provider first for area-specific guidance.

Generally:Plastic, metal and glass materials must be empty & rinsed clean of food debris before being recycled. Paper materials must be empty, clean & dry before being recycled. Wet paper/food-soiled paper products may be compostable.

Other Garbage

What should I bởi vì with dirty diapers? While we provide general guidance below, please kiểm tra with your local solid waste agency/recycling provider first.

Generally, you should flush the excrement down the toilet & then place the diaper in the trash. Also, consider using reusable cloth diapers instead of disposable diapers.

What should I vày with old clothes và old shoes?Gently-worn clothes and shoes can be donated to lớn many charities. For damaged clothes và shoes, please double kiểm tra with your local charity to lớn see if it will accept them. Additionally, some retail stores recycle clothing or shoes. Check your local ones to see if they accept these items for recycling.What’s the best way lớn recycle (whole) glass? Check with your local program first when recycling (whole) glass. Most curbside community recycling programs accept different glass colors and types mixed together.How can I recycle items such as my electronics, bottle caps và books?Electronics: Manufacturers and retailers offer several options to lớn donate or recycle electronics, including cell phones, computers & televisions. Please also check with your local recycling facility for best ways khổng lồ recycle electronics, & visit our Electronics Donation and Recycling page for more information.Bottle Caps: Please check with your local recycling provider first, but you should be able lớn recycle bottle caps if they are attached to lớn the bottle. Please also verify whether you can recycle loose bottle caps.

Books: Check local places that take donations (schools, places of faith, charities, non-profits) khổng lồ see if they will accept books, and liên hệ your local recycling provider for ways you can recycle books in your area.

How can I dispose of gift wrap (wrapping paper) or gift bags? If you use gift wrap, look to lớn find a type that can be recycled or that is made from recycled content. Consumers can also reduce waste by using decorative boxes that vày not require wrapping và that can be recycled.

A lot of gift wrap isn’t recyclable because of the coating on the paper, which is often shiny and laminated. However, kiểm tra with your local recycling provider first lớn be certain & for the best ways to lớn dispose of wrapping paper.

The Agency encourages consumers to reuse gift bags and tissue paper, và not discard them after a single use.

Household Hazardous Waste

What are household hazardous wastes? How can I recycle them? considers some leftover household products that can catch fire, react or explode under certain circumstances, or that are corrosive or toxic, as household hazardous wastes. Although it depends on your local solid waste agency/recycling facility, some examples include pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, paints, solvents, oil filters, light bulbs, batteries, aerosol cans that aren’t empty, ammunition, ammonia, antifreeze and nail polish.

Please see our Household Hazardous Waste website page for more information on household hazardous wastes & tips for how khổng lồ reduce it in your home.

What should I vày with paint? Barometers and thermometers? Burnt-out light bulbs? Paint: Check local places that take donations (schools, places of faith, charities, non-profits) to lớn see if they will accept paint donations, and liên hệ your local recycling or household hazardous waste facility for ways you can recycle paint in your area.

Barometers và thermometers: Please avoid discarding them in the trash. Kiểm tra with your local recycling or household hazardous waste facility, or visit Earth911 for more information on ways lớn properly dispose them, as some thermometers are considered household hazardous waste.

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Burnt-out light bulbs: Check with your local recycling facility for recycling options for burnt-out light bulbs, or take them to lớn a retail store in your area that offers light bulb recycling.