Most items we purchase at the grocery store or retail outlet come in some kind of “packaging”; cans of soup, bottles of ketchup, bags of salad, boxes of cereal, jars of jelly. The good news is that a vast majority of it can be recycled!
Recycling has become easier and more convenient than ever. Recyclables no longer need to be separated out by the different material types; all paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, and metal can be mixed together in your curbside cart.
Make recycling easy in your home by creating a “Recycling Station” in your kitchen or garage and pair your trash can with a recycling bin.
- Rinse out containers or jars that contained food or liquids (think milk jugs, yogurt or margarine containers, peanut butter or jelly jars, shampoo or laundry detergent bottles, etc.) Don’t forget about recycling in the bathroom, too!
- Remove lids from all bottles, containers or jars and include in the recycling bin separately.
- Break down all cardboard boxes (including cereal or cracker boxes, tissue boxes, etc.). Pizza boxes are ok as long as they are free of grease and/or food.
- Bag your plastic bags: place clean &dry plastic bags and film plastic in another plastic bag and tie off. DO NOT put individual plastic bags in the recycling cart.
- Empty recyclables into your curbside cart loose; do not place them in a plastic bag.
- Do not contaminate your recycling with trash or yard waste, recycle smart!
Remember, all the materials we recycle are made back into new goods, but the “recycling loop” is only closed if we also purchase these products with recycled content. Read tips on how to buy recycled.
For more recycling information, download a free Recycling Brochure.