• Unbroken glass containers
• Clear is the most valuable. Lids can go with metal.
• Clean dry newspapers &
• newspaper insertsEmpty metal cans, caps, lids, bands and foilPlastic
stamped #1 or #2
• on the bottom. Some areas only accept clear plastic or certain shapes.
• Grocery bags, most clear plastic bags especially if marked #2 or #4Mixed
paper: junk mail, magazines, photocopies, computer printouts, cereal/shoe
boxes, etc. (some places also take corrugated cardboard and phone books)Scrap
aluminum such as lawn chairs, window frames and pots. Motor oil (never
dump into storm drains) and Tires.
• Automotive batteries, sealed lead/gel-cell batteriesRechargeable batteries
(cordless phone, camcorder, shaver, portable appliance, computer, etc.)
• Laser/Ink printer cartridges Household toxics (paints, oils, solvents,
• Computers, eyeglasses, household goods
• Ceramics, pyrex, tablware, windows, lightbulbs, mirrors.
Broken glass is hard to sort.
• Rubber bands, plastic bags, product samples, water, dirt, mold or other
• Full cans, spray cans unless instructed, cans with paint or hazardous
• Plastic types #3, #4, #5, #6 or especially #7. Caps are usually a different
type from the bottle - toss if unmarked.
• Paper, water, dirt, mold or other contamination.
• Stickers, napkins, tissues, waxed paper, milk cartons, carbon paper,
laminated paper (fast food wraps, some food bags, drink boxes, foil), neon paper,
thermal fax paper. Any wet or food stained paper.
• Metal parts attracted to magnets. Non-metal parts.
• There is no need to remove labels or bands from cans and bottles. Clean
only enough to prevent odors. Do not recycle containers with traces of
hazardous materials. Do not recycle dirty or food stained paper.
• Only bottle glass is acceptable. Ceramics contaminate glass. Glass is
normally color sorted for recycling.
• Pack newspapers tightly in large brown grocery sacks or tie with natural
twine. Keep dry.
• Metals can be recycled again and again.
• Even a small amount of the wrong type of plastic can ruin a melt. Much
plastic collected for recycling is actually landfilled.
• Reduce your need; reuse bags until they're torn. Use old bags to pick
up dog waste. Many grocery stores have a barrel for recycling old bags.
• When in doubt, throw it out. Paper fiber can be recycled about 7 times
before it gets too small. Plastic window envelopes are ok.
• Aluminum is not attracted to magnets. Call your garbage company, local
quick-lube, tire shop or call 1-800-MOTOROIL. Old oil and old tires
are serious problems.
• Keep lead out of the environment; take to an automotive or security dealer
for recycling or trade in.
• Call 1-800-8BATTERY for information. Throw alkaline and heavy duty batteries
in trash unless prohibited (See California Universal Waste Note. Nickel-Cadmium
rechargeable batteries contain toxins, please recycle.
• Send to one of the many recyclers or refillers. Call your garbage company
for advice. Do not dump into storm drains.
• Donate to charity. Give to a repair shop.
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Where to recycle
There are many useful and helpful ways people can recycle. Here is a quick
learning and understanding way of guiding you of what to recycle and
what not to recycle. Let’s take a closer look at some ways recyclable
materials can be composed.
Today, collection centers are increasing due to the fact that it is voluntary
based. Residents are what keeping these collecting centers going by willingly
driving to the centers for little or no payment. This also saves the community
from curbside collection.
Trash is picked up by residents’ curbsides or in some other designated
place around the community area.
Several sates in the U.S inflict change as in a five or 10-cent deposit
on recyclable materialistic bottles and cans. Once consumers return the
recyclable containers back to the store for recycling, they receive their
Reverse Vending Machines
Reverse vending machines are not as popular in usage as for recycling but
they do help out a lot. In many places in only a few states, there are
accept used bottles and/or containers and therefore, give money back
to the consumer on the spot.