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Recycle Right

We’re proud that each year millions of Americans (many of whom are our customers) recycle. While the shift toward single stream recycling makes recycling incredibly easy (single stream = all items going into one bin or cart), it also means people mix in items that cannot be recycled with those that can.  The result: each year environmental service providers and local governments spend millions of dollars removing items (also called contaminants) that shouldn’t be in the recycling stream or must discard overly contaminated items that could have been recycled.

We want to be part of the education effort currently underway to help everyone recycle smart. Here are a few pro-environment tips and commonly mistaken recyclable items. Share with your family, friends and neighbors, so we can all make our Mother Earth proud.

What Can I Recycle Title

While recycling is the first step in the process, it's important to put materials in the cart or bin that actually belong there. Know before you throw! The National Waste & Recycling Association, working with Keep America Beautiful, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Solid Waste Association of North America, have come up with a list of acceptable recycling items so people will know what can be accepted at any recycling facility in the United States. Click here for the What Can I Recycle? Flyer.

Recycled Cardboard can become:

  • New boxes
  • Gift wrap
  • Drywall liner

Did you know:

Recycling 1 ton of cardboard saves 46 gallons of oil

Recycled Paper can become:

  • Bandages
  • Hospital gowns
  • Coffee filters

Did you know:

Recycling a stack of newspaper just 3 feet high saves one tree

Recycled Magazines can become:

  • Tissue
  • Copy paper
  • Paperboard

Did you know:

Magazines are 100% recyclable

Recycled Food Boxes can become:

  • Paper Towels
  • Tissue
  • Cardboard

Did you know:

Recycling a food box requires 75% less energy than making a new one

Recycled Mail can become:

  • Drywall
  • Egg cartons
  • Insulation

Did you know:

1 ton of recycled paper can save 7000 gallons of water


Recycled Food Cans can become:

  • Car parts
  • Household appliances
  • New food cans

Did you know:

Recycling 7 steel cans saves enough energy to power a 60-watt bulb for 26 hours

Recycled Beverage Cans can become:

  • New aluminum cans and aluminum foil
  • Airplane parts
  • Bicycles

Did you know:

Recycling 1 aluminum can saves enough energy to keep a 100-watt bulb burning for 4 hours

Recycled Jars can become:

  • New glass and plastic jars
  • Fiberglass
  • Reflective signs

Did you know:

A glass jar can go from a recycling bin to a store shelf in as few as 30 days

Recycled Jugs can become:

  • Picnic tables
  • Deck chairs
  • Recycling bins – talk about full circle!

Did you know:

It takes only 1,050 milk jugs to make one 6-foot plastic park bench

Recycled Plastic Bottles can become:

  • Car bumpers
  • Rope
  • Brush bristles

Did you know:

5 two-liter bottles produces enough polyester for a square yard of carpet



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These are commonly mistaken items that often show up in recycling carts and bins, but they CANNOT BE RECYCLED AT YOUR CURB. Please don’t toss these in with your recycling. 

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National Waste & Recycling Association Begin with the Bin
Earth 911: Cities weigh in on the cost of contamination

  • What Can I Recycle? Flyer  |  What Can I Recycle? Flyer
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