Five Things People Should Never Put in Your Recycling Bin
After all, we know recycling is good — that it saves energy, conserves natural resources, protects natural habitats and wildlife, reduces GHG emissions, prevents pollution and creates jobs. It might be more important to work toward a future where our daily pound of recyclables is just exactly what is accepted by our local hauler. In that spirit, here are 5 things you should never, ever, ever, put in your recycling bin:
1. Foamed polystyrene — aka Styrofoam®
Whether it is the packaging molds protecting your newest purchase, packing peanuts or disposable plates and cups, it does not go in the bin — even if it is marked with a #6 in a triangle and your municipality or hauler says they recycle #6 plastics. These foamed #6 products require different handling than hard #6 plastics (like clear disposable cups, disposable coffee cup lids or DVD cases), which are more likely to be accepted for recycling in your recycling bin. Instead of sending foamed polystyrene products to the landfill, though, you can recycle them at certain drop-off locations or through some mail-in programs.
2. Plastic bags
No plastic shopping bags, no plastic bread bags, no plastic sandwich bags, no dry cleaning bags, no cling wrap. These flimsy plastic films are especially good at getting tangled in standard recycling machinery, jamming the machines and causing temporary shutdowns while works manually untangle the bags. Like Styrofoam, though, there are other ways to recycle plastic film — just drop them off in designated collection bins, often at the entrance of most grocery stores and pharmacies.
3. Waxed paper
Once your local recycling center has sorted paper products from other materials, the paper is sold to mills that can break down the fibers and create new, recycled-content paper. Unfortunately, the waxy coating on waxed paper and some cartons is essentially impossible to remove from individual paper fibers, rendering it un-reusable. Since your only disposal option here might be the landfill, consider balancing out the effect by choosing waxed paper that is made more sustainably. Look for versions made from unbleached paper, or made with soy wax instead of paraffin wax.
4. Mesh produce bags
Those mesh bags where you often find oranges? They get tangled in machinery just like plastic bags do. You might be able to get more use out of them before tossing them in the trash, though: If they are still whole, reuse them to hold and drain bath or pool toys; if they are torn up, bunch them together, soap them up and — voila! — you have a pretty good dish scrubber.
5. Credit cards and gifts cards
First things first, you should be sure to protect your identity when dispos ing of anything with personal information attached to it. Once they are expired, cut up credit cards and put them in the trash can; they are not recyclable anyway. Despite usually being made with a #3 plastic, the embedded chips, holograms and magnetic strips prove too difficult to effectively remove before melting down to make into new plastic products.
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