Recycling Education: Why is source separated recycling beneficial? How do I recycle old books? Is my recycling REALLY being recycled?! In Recycling Education, we focus on the "why" behind recycling so residents have a better understanding about why their actions (or inaction) makes a difference, and the "how" of recycling unique or hazardous items.
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OH NO! You broke a drinking glass, but want to do the right thing...and that's recycle it...right?
NO! Broken drinking glasses are NOT recyclable.
And here's why:
✅ SAFETY: We all know that a broken drinking glass can easily cut, so having it hanging out in a recycling bin is a big no-no. We want to keep our transfer station and solid waste operators safe. Be sure to wrap broken glass in several layers of paper and secure it closed withRead more
ALUMINUM IS THE *ULTIMATE* RECYCLABLE!
Recently, we were asked about aluminum recycling and were more than happy to share some interesting facts about one of the most popular recyclables: ALUMINUM.
✅ In 2021, NRRA recycled nearly 360 TONS of aluminum (that's almost 22 million soda cans!!) That's an energy savings that would power over 600 homes every day for a full year!
♻️ RESOURCE: A QUICK GUIDE TO PLASTICS RECYCLING ♻️
We get it - those recycling numbers on the bottom of plastic items can be confusing. Here is a quick, GENERAL guide to plastics recycling:
- YES, RECYCLE! #1 and #2 plastics such as soda and water bottles, milk and juice jugs, shampoo and cleaning bottles.
- NO, TOSS IT. #3, #6, and #7 plastics such as plastic wrap and food trays, cooking oil containers, vending cupsRead more
THE ANSWER? BOTH ARE TRASH.
The question: Which is better, compostable or recyclable single use items?
We know this is a tough one, but it's true - neither compostable nor recyclable single use tableware (like paper cups or compostable cutlery) are great for the environment. Your best bet is to go with reusable tableware and cutlery for your next shindig. Here's why:
- Do NOT break down in at-homeRead more
YOU ASKED: HOW DO I DISPOSE OF MY OLD PAINT?
The first step in throwing away old paint is to first figure out what TYPE of paint it is - water-based or oil-based.
Water-based paint will be labeled "acrylic," "latex," or "water-based." Another hint is that paint can be cleaned off of hands with soap and water and has low VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). Most paint now sold at big-box stores is water-based. Here's how to dispose of water-based paint: