When it comes to recycling, we handle the big stuff. Like the big, big stuff—refrigerators, couches, TVs, snow blowers. What else are we gonna do with these massive triceps? *flexes*
But we know that recycling your papers and plastics is just as important for keeping Mama Earth clean and happy, so here’s what you need to know about recycling everyday things.
Recycling rules vary by county and state, so give a quick peek at your trash and recycling company’s website to see what they accept. Sometimes it’s even listed on your recycling bin itself.
The quick answer: Rigid plastic food containers, metal and glass food containers, and unsoiled papers and cardboard.
The more detailed list:
Bottles and jugs (keep those caps on!)
Cups and plates
Tubs and containers
But none of this junk: plastic bags, plastic wrap, toys, or Styrofoam
Food and drink cans
Aluminum foil and trays
Nana’s cookie and pie tins
Steel food containers
Don’t even think about it: No paint cans, propane cylinders, or helium/gas tanks
Glass drinking bottles
Trash these: drinking glasses, window glass, ceramics, light bulbs, or mirrors
Office and school paper
Mail, overdue bills, subpoenas
Cardboard/paperboard (like cereal boxes)
Don’t you dare: ice cream containers, coffee cups, grease-soaked pizza boxes, and paper napkins/paper towels
Dairy cartons, juice boxes, and soup/broth cartons (don’t flatten)
Firm containers for nuts and chips
Keep out of the bin: egg cartons (paper or Styrofoam) and wax containers like ice cream tubs
Give your plastic food containers and drink cartons a rinse before chucking. This helps the recycling machines work, as well as keeps rats away from recycling centers (and out of the pant legs of the fine people who work there).
Actually, the meaning of these symbols varies between recycling programs and local centers, so using them as a guide isn’t necessary. The letters and numbers within the symbol just describe the type of plastic, not if it can be recycled.
We really dig recycling. We like it so much, in fact, that if you don’t have time to drop off at our warehouse in Burnsville, we’ll gladly come to you. Our fleet of trucks run routes across the Twin Cities every week, making both in-home and curbside pickups.
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