A few days ago I discussed the perks of creating a waste center where you can easily give yourself the options of trash, recycle, and compost. Today I stumbled upon some info that shows how recycling isn’t always as simple as it seems. It can be more complex, or even simpler, than you think.
Recycling Bottles-now with caps!
The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers announced in 2012 that U.S. recycling facilities would begin to accept plastic bottle caps, so worrying about throwing away the cap before you recycle the bottle is no longer required. Just finish your beverage, screw that cap right back on and toss the whole thing into the recycle.
My environmental naivety used to make me shrug when I had somewhat dirty cardboard or paper and throw it into the recycle anyways-better it be there and unrecyclable than in the trash and recyclable, right? Well, not necessarily. Unfortunately, even a small amount of dirtied paper/cardboard material can ruin a whole batch of recyclable items at the plant. The best move here is to separate the clean parts of what you’re recycling from the material that can’t come back. That way, nothing unrecyclable gets recycled and nothing recyclable gets trashed.
If You Have Plastic Bags…
Don’t get plastic guilt. Just make sure to repurpose them as trash bags or give them subsequent runs at carrying your groceries next time you visit the store.
And Speaking of Repurposing
Try to think of the different ways you could use reuse items before you recycle them. Popular recyclable items to reuse are yogurt cups and spaghetti jars, but don’t limit yourself—imagination can go a long way here.