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Recycling Tips & Tricks: Recycling 101

Recycling Tips & Tricks: Recycling 101
Recycling Tips & Tricks: Recycling 101
Brandie Bell

Everyone loves a good tip, especially, a tip that will make your life easier,
here are a few recycling tips that will make you excited about giving the planet a helping hand.

“Encourage an Artist, If you know someone interested in making art from recycled materials, offer to provide supplies. Many school children need items like paper towel tubes for art projects. More experienced artists use everything from paper clips to tattered clothing.”- dpw.lacounty.gov

Did you know that Styrofoam Doesn’t Degrade!?

Make sorting the recyclable easy. Keep a recycle container handy, if your really into organization, pick up a container for each type of recycling.

PAPER

  • Recycle bits and pieces of paper and boxes. (Ex: pizza box, cut off the top half and recycle it)
  • Don’t forget toilet paper rolls, tissue boxes, magazines, mail.
  • Paper you CAN’T recycle tissue paper, waxed paper and carbon paper.

PLASTIC

  • Bottle caps made of #5 and #2 plastics are recyclable.
  • Recyclable plastics: #1 (PETE), #2 (HDPF), #3 (PVC), #4 (LDPE), #5 (PP), #6 (PS), #7 (Other), Identification codes are usually on the bottom of the plastic container. Rinse containers.
  • Crush containers to save space.
  • Plastic bags, Film bags, grocery bags, dry cleaning bags, newspaper bags, and bread bags are recyclable.
  • The plastic film on products like paper towels can be recycled.
  • Shampoo and conditioner bottles are recyclable, rinse them out first!
  • Recycle all clean Polystyrene (STYROFOAM™)

GLASS

  • All glass bottles and jars
  • Broken bottles and jars, but broken glass from windows.

METAL

  • Labels do not have to be removed.
  • All Aluminum, Tin, Metal, Bi-Metal, soda, juice, soup, vegetables, and pet food cans, (You can remove both ends of the can and crush flat to save space).
  • Pie tins, clean aluminum foils, empty paint and aerosol cans with plastic caps removed, and wire hangers.

Hazardous Materials are dangerous and should not be recycled at the curb.

They should be taken to SAFE Centers and Collection Events.

Hazardous Materials include:

  • Electronics
  • Syringes
  • All partially filled aerosol cans and containers for cleaning fluids
  • Automotive fluids
  • All batteries (including car batteries, household batteries, rechargeable batteries)
  • Pesticides
  • Oil based paint
  • Garden chemicals, and pool cleaners

Sources:

America Recyclesday.org: Recycling Tips of the Day « America Recycles Day; www.americarecyclesday.org/rcycling-tips-of-the-day

WM.com: Facts: https://www.wm.com/location/california/san-joaquin/hughson/facts/index.jsp

dpw.lacounty.gov: Recycle tips what can I do: http://dpw.lacounty.gov/epd/rethinkla/recycle/recycle-tips-what-can-i-do...

LA City.org: What to recycle, http://www.lacitysan.org/solid_resources/strategic_programs/larecycles/w...