Recycling is an easy and rewarding task performed by eco-friendly people around the world. Many common household object, from food and beverage containers to discarded reading material, may be easily recycled via pick-up services or local recycling centers. Be sure to check recycling bin labels or service center guidelines to learn what items your local recyclers accept, and always properly sort and clean your household recycled items.
Paper is perhaps the easiest around-the-house material to recycle. Newspapers, including glossy inserts, are always acceptable, as are magazines, catalogs and brown paper bags. According to environmental website Recycling Revolution, other accepted household papers include notebook paper, office paper, cereal boxes, paper-based egg cartons and some light-cardboard food containers. Cardboard milk and juice containers generally feature a wax lining, and can't be recycled. Recycling program will not accept most corrugated cardboard, such as cardboard packing boxes and pizza boxes; however, some supermarkets offer drop boxes for this type of paper.
Aluminum cans, such as those used for soda and beer, are universally accepted for recycling. Similarly, household steel and tin cans, such as soup cans, vegetable cans and coffee cans, present another accessible recycling option. Recyclers don't have to remove labels on steel cans before recycling.
Certain types of plastic containers around the house may be recycled, but to do so properly takes a bit of effort. Despite the common conception, the triangular arrow symbol printed on many plastics does not indicate a recycled or recyclable product; it simply identifies the plastic type. You'll notice numbers one through seven on these labels; types one and two, indicated with the respective numbers, are usually acceptable for recycling. These include milk jugs, shampoo bottles, detergent containers, two-liter bottles, water jugs, vitamin bottles, juice containers and more. Plastic grocery bags may be reused around the house or taken to collection bins at stores. When recycling plastics, don't mix types—the addition of non-recyclable plastics to a group of recyclable plastics can make the entire group unusable.
Recyclable household glass includes pickle jars, jelly jars, liquor bottles and assorted condiment jars. Some recycling services accept only certain glass colors. Unfortunately, household glass materials such as Pyrex, light bulbs, ceramics and mirrors cannot be recycled.
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