Recycling Education

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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"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


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!

"When storing pool chemicals, it isRead more

How To Properly Dispose of 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:

- 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


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


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

How to Recycle Toner or Inkjet Cartridges?  with two photos of colorful inkjet cartridges on a table

♻️ STOP! YOU CAN RECYCLE THAT: Toner & Inkjet Cartridges♻️

Properly recycling toner and inkjet cartridges can allow for a much longer life of these plastics! Many companies are able to clean, refill, and resell cartridges time and again, keeping these plastics out of the landfill.
Recycling your toner or inkjet cartridge is easy, but takes just one more step. Here's how!

✅ INDIVIDUALS: You have options! Bring your empty cartridges alongRead more