Recycling Education

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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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Image of used paint cans with text, "how do I recycle leftover paint and cans"

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:

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Image of clothing in a recycling box with text, "how do I recycle old clothes?"

YOU ASKED: HOW DO I RECYCLE MY OLD CLOTHES?

Our clothing, shoe and other textile waste that ends up in landfills has increased 300% since 1990 and it’s not getting any better. In fact, it's getting worse.

NOT-SO-FUN FACTS:
- "Fast Fashion" is a $2.5 TRILLION dollar industry (annually). It's the 5th most polluting industry world-wide and the SECOND largest water polluter globally.
- Textile waste comprisesses 8% of the US total wasteRead more

How do I Dispose of Used Fireworks (or duds?)

HOW TO DISPOSE OF USED FIREWORKS OR DUDS

Happy 4th of July! If you're celebrating with fireworks tonight, be safe, be smart, and be sure to dispose of used fireworks or duds correctly! It's as easy as 1, 2, 3:

1. SOAK used fireworks or duds for a minimum of 30 minutes (though we recommend soaking them overnight, just to be on the safe side!)

2. WRAP the soaked fireworks in plastic wrap, a sealable plastic bag, or severalRead more

How do I recycle waste oil or antifreeze text with image of both.

YOU ASKED: HOW DO I RECYCLE WASTE OIL OR ANTIFREEZE?

Waste oil and Antifreeze are toxic, caustic, and are considered household hazardous waste - the should NOT be burned, dumped, or thrown into your household trash.

Antifreeze (also known as coolant or radiator fluid) is toxic and can be especially dangerous because its sweet smell and taste can attract pets, who can quickly become fatally poisoned if they ingest any of the liquid.

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Text "What Do Chasing Arrows Mean?" with image of chasing arrows on brown paper

This sign: "♻️" does NOT mean something is Recyclable!

You've seen this symbol "♻️" - known as "chasing arrows" - on all sorts of plastic things. You may think it means something is recyclable...or is made from recyclable materials. Unfortunately, it's never that straightforward.

This symbol with a number in the middle tells you what type of resin - or plastic - the item is made out of.

This means it can give you a CLUE asRead more

Image of white man giving the thumbs-down with text, "I heard styrofoam is recyclable, why can't I put it with my recycling?"

BREAKING DOWN STYROFOAM, RECYCLING, AND TRASH, OH MY!

Styrofoam is a great example of something that *technically* is recyclable, but rarely ever is. Why? Let's get into it!

First, styrofoam is made up of 5% polystyrene and 95% air, which means that it isn't compactable. The only way to break down styrofoam is to densify the plastic by removing the air through heat and pressure combined. This process requires specialized machinery, and to be profitable, requiresRead more

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