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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"Is my Recycling *REALLY* Being Recycled or just being trashed?!" with image of full recycling hoppers

YOU ASKED: IS MY RECYCLING *REALLY* BEING RECYCLED OR JUST BEING TRASHED?

Great question! This is something we more often hear from communities with single-stream recycling, where all recyclables are put together into the same bin and hauled away to a magic recycling facility.

The short answer is YES, the vast majority of your recycling IS being recycled. There will of course be cases where recycling CONTAMINATION creeps in and ruins a small percentage of theRead more

"How to Properly Recycle Plastic Bags and Film" with green empty plastic bag on a light blue background

✅ BRING THOSE PLASTIC BAGS & FILM BACK TO THE SUPERMARKET! That single use plastic IS recyclable and processable, BUT it has to be sent to the right place. Read on for the details...

(YAY!) Good News: Plastic bags and film (eg. anything stretchy like bread bags, ziplock bags, and other stretchy plastic film) ARE RECYCLABLE!

(BOO!) Bad News: Generally, you CANNOT toss them in with your plastic recycling or your single-streamRead more

Text : "Safely store, handle, and recycle your pool chemicals" with image of 3 adults and 1 child in pool with floaties

SUMMERTIME SAFETY: POOL CHEMICALS

Did you know that improperly disposed of pool chemicals are increasingly causing fires at transfer stations in the summer? Pool chemicals do not belong in household trash. They should be saved for proper disposal at your local household hazardous waste day. Please help your local solid waste operators stay safe this summer!

MORE INFORMATION FROM RECYCLE NATION:
"When storing pool chemicals, it isRead more

Text "How To Properly Dispose of Batteries" with image of yellow car battery and yellow single-use batteries

HOW DO I DISPOSE OF BATTERIES? (and why it's SO important!)

Every year fires caused by improper battery disposal cost waste, recycling, and scrap operators over 1.2 billion dollars?!
Properly disposing of your batteries saves money and lives, by lessening the chance of a fire breaking out at a facility. Here are the details:

✅ WHAT BATTERIES CAUSE FIRES?
- Lithium-ion batteries found in phones, laptops, cameras, power tools, andRead more

Source-Separated vs. Single-Stream Recycling with image of recycling bin and several blue recycling hoppers

♻️ LET'S TALK TYPES OF RECYCLING: SOURCE-SEPARATED vs SINGLE-STREAM ♻️ 

Though we talk about recycling every day around here, recycling can look very different from town to town or city to city.

There are 2 main types* of recycling: Source-Separated and Single-Stream

- SOURCE-SEPARATED: residents bring their recyclables to a transfer station or recycling center and separate the materials there. Some source-separated programsRead more

"How to Recycle eCigarettes, Vapes, or eLiquid" with image of vapes and image of three eCigs

IMPORTANT RECYCLING AND DISPOSAL INFORMATION FOR E-CIG AND VAPE USERS

CARTRIDGES: Used eLiquid cartridges and bottles should NOT be thrown in your household trash. Because these containers held nicotine, which is listed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a hazardous waste, they must be disposed of properly with other household hazardous waste. DO NOT RINSE the containers. Place used vape or eCig containers in a hard plasticRead more

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