Have you ever thought you could do more to help the environment but weren’t sure what to do? For many people one of the easiest and best ways to start is to recycle. Recycling can be easy, but if you don’t know the rules, you may not be doing it correctly.
Know What Your Local Recycler Accepts
Many cities and towns have curbside recycling, but not all of them accept the same kinds of products. If you haven’t checked recently or have moved, you will want to get a list of what is accepted. For instance, while Byram Township recycling accepts glass jars, many cities no longer accept glass. Standard pickup across the nation usually includes clean paper, cardboard – if clean, and most emptied and cleaned metal food and beverage cans.
Find Out What Is Not Acceptable
Did you know that food or even paper that wrapped the food should not be put in standard recycling bins? In addition, plastic grocery bags normally shouldn’t go in your standard city-issued bin unless specified. Garbage should be thrown in the trash and clothing should be recycled either by donating it to charity or finding a place that recycles fabric.
Look for Alternative Recycling Options
Many cities and towns have municipal locations that will accept metal, including old appliances and even grills. Some may accept rigid plastic items such as laundry bushels or plastic furniture. Electronic waste, such as televisions or computers may be accepted at specified recyclers. Food waste may also be taken to centers for composting.
Whether you are an avid recycler who puts your bins at curbside each week or you are a casual recycler who occasionally remembers to put empty plastic bottles in designated bins, you can likely do more. Take the time to learn about what and where to recycle and start doing more today.