Finally…It’s Time to Recycle
Unfortunately, most recyclable plastic is not even recovered for recycling (only 34%) and it ends up in landfills and even worse, our streets and waterways.
Another sad fact is that most of what does get collected is shipped overseas to be down-cycled, melted or sometimes burned (yikes!). So, you can see why REFUSING and REDUCING your use of plastic is so important!
But, RECYCLING is also crucial for the environment. If the US recycling levels can reach 75% it will be the environmental benefit of removing 50 million cars from the road each year (EPA). Even though recycling is the last option it’s a necessary one and it needs to be done properly and consistently.
Do you know how to recycle properly? For instance, do you know which plastic wraps and film can be recycled and which can’t? Here’s what you need to know from earth911.com:
Please DO recycle:
- Grocery & retail bags
- Newspaper bags
- The outer Wrapping from Napkins, Paper Towels, Bathroom Tissue & Diapers
- Bread bags
- Dry cleaning bags
- The outer wrapping from bulk beverages
- Produce bags
- All clean, dry bags Labeled #2 or #4
Please DO NOT recycle:
- Food or cling wrap
- Prepackaged food bags (including frozen food bags and pre-washed salad bags)
- Plastic Film That has Been Painted or has Excessive Glue Residue
Here are some more tips to help you out:
- Know your recycling numbers and symbols. Find out more in this article from Earth911.
- Check with your local grocery and retail stores (like Target) because many of them have storefront bins for collecting/recycling plastic bags and plastic wrap/film.
- Learn how new standardized labels can take away recycling confusion at recycleacrossamerica.org
- Be sure whatever you are tossing in your recycling bin is clean and dry.
- If you’re crushing plastic bottles for recycling be sure to put the cap back on–it’s recyclable too!
- Find recycle locations for almost any item by going to RecycleNation.com or by calling 1-800-CLEAN-UP.
- Avoid polystyrene foam because it typically has a very low recycling rate.
- If you want to set up a waste reduction/recycle program for your organization, business or community you can find out more by clicking on the following link: Recycling Coordinator Information and Resources.
- Part of what makes recycling successful is manufacturers making products from recovered materials. You can help by choosing products that already contain recycled content or can be recycled.
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