Even though you may have the best intentions in mind when recycling, if it isn't done right, just one non-recyclable item can spoil an entire batch of otherwise good materials.

Here are some educational videos and resources you can use to learn how to RECYCLE RIGHT!

https://vimeo.com/296949193


So what can go in your recycle bin, exactly? Keep scrolling to find out.

paperPAPER & CARDBOARD
Flattened cardboard, newspaper, magazines, office paper and common mail can be recycled as long as they aren’t contaminated by food, liquid or waste.
Break down cardboard boxes. It makes them easier to process and leaves more room for other recyclables.
Paper can’t be recycled if it’s mixed with other materials. Remove the bubble wrap or plastic windows before recycling padded packaging or security envelopes.
 
cansMETAL CANS
Before recycling food and drink cans, remove paper or plastic labels and clean out any residual materials.
Some metal cans have an insulated coating that might not be recyclable. When in doubt, throw it out!
Recyclables don’t need to thoroughly washed, but they do need to be dry so they don’t contaminate other items.

plasticPLASTICS
While hard plastic containers like water bottles, milk jugs and detergent containers can go in your container, flexible plastics like grocery bags, bubble wrap and styrofoam require special handling and can’t be recycled curbside.
Lids are too small to recycle by themselves so put them on the containers or throw them away.
If you can poke your finger through the plastic, it doesn’t belong in your recycling container.

And always remember: Empty. Clean. Dry.

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