Recycling Challenge Information
Recycle three types of materials this week.
While you will need to refer to your local recycling authorities for specifics, the following are general recycling guidelines:
What can be recycled through local recycle centers?
|Material||Examples||Cannot be Recycled|
|Metal||cans, bottle caps, pie tins, hairspray cans, aluminum foil|
|Paper||office paper, magazines, newspaper, mail, sticky notes, cardboard||Shredded paper, colored construction paper, used paper towels, used paper cups or plates, food covered cardboard (such as pizza boxes)|
|Glass||bottles and jars|
|Plastic||bottles, plastic #1 and #2, plastic film, clean yogurt and clean fruit cups||Plastic grocery bags or food covered plastic cups or plates. Plastic bags are accepted at many drop off bins located at the entrance of grocery stores and major retailers.|
Electronics and batteries can be recycled at specific recycle centers. Ask your local recycle company what they accept. In general, cartridges, microwaves, VHS tapes and DVDs are recyclable.
A note about plastics: Plastic items will carry the recycle symbol along with a number between one and seven to denote different grades of plastic. In general, plastics containing the numbers one or two are the easiest to recycle and can be placed in curbside bins. However, you will need to check with your local waste collection or recycling program for specific guidelines.
We recommend keeping a Recycling Journal to help you keep track of how much waste you are trashing and how much you are recycling. You might be surprised by what you find. You can use this journal on a continual basis to help you move towards goals of recycling more and having zero waste, which you will learn more about during month three.