We all wonder what is actually recyclable and what is not. I think we all want to do our best and do our part to Save the Planet but how are we actually doing in this area?
Here is an update on some tips to answer those nagging questions about what is actually recyclable and how we should recycle items. Hope this clarifies some confusion.
Aluminum cans - Leave the tabs on and don’t crush them, since intact cans are easier to sort.
Plastic bottle and jugs – As a general rule, remove the caps. If you live somewhere that requires sorting of metals, plastics and glass, metal lids go with your cans.
Plastic bags and plastic wrap - Most of these – including grocery bags, plastic mailers and shrink wrap – can be dropped off in collection bins at supermarkets. Do not include them in your curbside bin.
Newspaper, books, magazines, catalogs, envelopes – First, check if your local library or Goodwill will take your books. If not, be sure to remove the covers and spines of hardcover books with a utility knife before putting them out.
Cardboard – Boxes with food stains (like pizza splotches) or water damage will not be accepted, so cut away the stained sections, but feel free to leave tape.
Paper – Rather than shredding, which makes paper less recyclable, use back marker to cover sensitive info. Do your best to remove tape and staples.
Glass bottles – Remove metal caps and corks, and do your best not to break any glass.
(NOTE: taken from article Family Circle / November 2019 issue)