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Recycling Facts & Tips That You May Not Know About

Recycling - A picture of different trash categories in an infographic with percentage and recycling bins. Waste consist of organic, paper, plastic, glass, metal, e-waste and mixed waste. A waste segregation management concept type graph.

Reducing your impact on the environment can be a pretty tricky proposition since it can be hard to find methods that are both effective and easy to implement in your daily life. Recycling is one such method, but most people don’t understand how recycling actually works. Improper recycling can be ineffective at best and completely counter-productive at worst. To help you make sure that you are recycling the right way, consider the following tips:

  • Not everything can be recycled. This may seem like common sense in most cases, but there are some materials that might greatly surprise you. For example, pizza boxes generally should not be recycled. Even though cardboard is generally easy to recycle, that ceases to be true if it’s stained with grease, which tends to happen when it comes to pizza boxes. By throwing pizza boxes in the recycling bin, you are bogging down the recycling facilities with materials that should have been put in the trash in the first place. The same logic is also true for napkins, paper towels, and diapers.
  • Certain materials should only be recycled at specific locations. Going off the previous point, there are some goods that should be recycled, but only in certain conditions. For example, batteries and electronics should not be recycled by throwing them in the recycle bin. Instead, you will need to look for a recycling center location in your area, which tends to be advertised pretty heavily in many cities. By hauling a load of old electronics to these locations, you are being much more environmentally conscious than you would be by just tossing them out with the rest of your glass and plastics.
  • Recycling should not be your first choice. Although recycling is effective in some areas, it is the least effective of the three R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle. The most effective thing that you can do is reduce your consumption of goods that will need to be disposed of later. This means that you should go for reusable instead of disposable when possible, even if it costs you more in the short term. After you have reduced, you want to reuse goods whenever possible. To approach this R effectively, you should try to repurpose goods for different uses when they have stopped being useful in their original capacity. For example, many food containers (especially jars) can be turned into aesthetically appealing storage units and decorative pieces.

Recycle the earth symbol. A 3d render of a computer generated image.More than anything else, it’s important that you combine different practices and build better recycling habits. Remembering to throw your pizza boxes in the trash instead of recycling bin is definitely a step in the right direction, but it isn’t nearly as effective as careful adherence to a long-term strategy of reducing your consumption and reusing goods whenever possible. Additionally, by saving up your special recyclables and depositing them at their appropriate locations on a regular basis, you can dramatically lessen your impact on the environment.

By |2018-09-03T19:52:31+00:00October 17th, 2016|Recycling Tips|4 Comments

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  1. Leviticus Bennett May 10, 2017 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    It’s good to know that cardboard with grease on it from pizza can’t be recycled. I eat a lot of pizza, but it’s the frozen kind. So since there is no grease on the cardboard, it should be fine for me to keep recycling it.

  2. Mike November 12, 2017 at 1:40 am - Reply

    I guess we learn something everyday. So many throw away their pizza boxes in the recycling bin, thinking that they are recycling. This is a great blog that can make a difference in people’s recycling habits. I think bringing awareness and educating all residents, will of course help. The tip of using reusables instead of disposable is a great tip! Thanks for this article.

  3. Hannah Schroeder December 7, 2017 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    Thanks for explaining that putting pizza boxes, napkins, and other things with grease in recycling bins bogs down recycling services. My husband and I recently got a bin for recyclable items, but we’re still figuring out what to put in there. We’ll avoid putting pizza boxes in there from now on so it isn’t a problem for the recyclers later on.

  4. Mike Friend December 10, 2017 at 3:51 am - Reply

    Growing up we would always throw out the greasy pizza box in the recycling bin. Now this makes sense, that it didn’t belong there. I learned a bit more on what should and shouldn’t be recycled with this article. Thanks for the information.

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