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Recycle= the reprocessing of old materials into new products with the aims of preventing the waste of potentially useful materials and reducing the consumption of fresh raw materials.


Why recycle??

A. It's easy and free.

B. It saves valuable natural rescources from being used.

C. It reduces the amount of waste we are putting in the landfills.

D. It reduces pollution as making things out of recycled materials uses a fraction of the energy as virgin production does.

E. It maintains a healthy planet Earth for future generations.

Although historically recycling only became widespread when resources were scarce and it was an absolute necessity (such as during or after wars), we now know that it plays a key role in the wellbeing of our environment. By recycling we can be conserving resources every day and not have to wait for an emergency.

Many people are suprised at how easy recycling really is. More than you might think can be recycled too. From the apple core left from your lunch to the oil from your car, the options are wide open. Below are the main things that can be recycled.

1. Paper: Newspaper, magazines, junk mail, notebook paper, construction paper, etc. Most any type of paper is recyclable excluding paper hygiene products (i.e. paper towels) due to the chemicals used to make them strong and resistant to tearing.

2. Plastic: Milk jugs, pop bottles, water bottles, food containers, grocery sacks, etc. Make sure to check the recycling triangle on your plastic container to determine if the item is recyclable at your local recycling agency. The numbers range from 1-7 and generally all of those numbers are accepted, but each county may vary so double check with your local hauler. Also, plastic bags aren't usually recyclable in mingled bins, but can be recycled at most grocery stores.

Plastic Recycling

3. Cardboard: Packaging boxes, food boxes, tagboard, etc.

4. Glass: Food jars, drink bottles, etc. Although not often accepted in co-mingled bins for safety reasons, glass is definitely recyclable.

5. Organic Materials: Yard waste like leaves and grass, food scraps like apple cores, egg shells, laundy lint, etc. These kinds of materials can be used in a garden or worm coposter. See the "Reduce" page for more information on composing and a great link.

6. Used Motor Oil: Used motor oil should definitely be exposed of properly and what better way to get rid of it than by recycling? Many curbside recycling haulers will accept it in an appropriate and marked container.

7. Aluminum: Tin cans from food, pop cans, tin foil, etc.

Recycle Pop Cans


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