It can be really hard to know what you can put in the recycling bin at the front curb every week. There are so many types of materials used in everyday waste that it can confuse even the savviest recycling maniac. We put together this handy little guide to help you out!
There are plenty of things that are recyclable now, not just your paper/cardboard and aluminum cans! It depends on the city that you live in, but most cities will recycle the following list of items (check with you local authorities if you have any questions).
Most plastic bottles and containers, such as shampoo, detergent, bleach, milk, soda, water and asprin containers can be recycled as well as glass bottles/gars and even microwave food trays!
Cardboard, corrugated boxes
Cardboard cereal & cracker boxes, etc.
Paper grocery bags
Stationery & envelopes
Any high grade/uncoated paper
Binder/notebook paper, any color
Aluminum cans, foil, trays
Tin cans & bi-metal cans
Glass bottles, jars (empty & rinsed)
Any color glass bottles or jars
All plastic food containers #1 & #2
Plastic bottles and containers (shampoo, detergent, bleach, milk, soda, water and aspirin containers, etc.)
Microwave food trays
Frozen food boil-in-bag pouches
And because we have a list of things that it is okay to recycle, here’s a list of things it’s not okay to recycle.
Ceramic pottery, cups, dishes
Windowpane glass or mirror
All wax laminated cartons/containers (e.g., milk & juice cartons, & soy milk boxes)
Plastic motor oil bottles
Plastic or wax coated paper and cartons
Frozen food boxes
Microwave food boxes
Wax cereal/cracker box liners
Gummed or glued bindings
Paper towels, napkins, tissue paper
Paper plates, soiled paper
Adhesive backed or sticky notes
Carbon paper, thermal fax paper
Aluminum foil boxes
Fast food wrappers
Pet food bags
For even more things that you can recycle, check out these helpful sites and send us your own ideas for recycling and staying green!
Remember, BE FANTASTIC AND USE LESS PLASTIC!