Recycle or Not?

Not sure if you can recycle something?  Here's a quick pictorial-primer.  For more specifics, "Do I need to wash it first?" or "What about the lids?", go to my Recycle Lessons post.

RECYCLE                                                                                                                  TRASH

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12 comments:

  1. This is very helpful! What about aluminum foil and if it can be recycled, how dirty can it be? What about ziploc bags? Also, why do some products have a recycle symbol with a number and some don't, even if they can be recycled?

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    1. Aluminum foil can be recycled, even if dirty - but if it's dripping with, say bacon grease, I'll throw it away. There's a chance the foil will disintegrate at the hot temps they use on metal anyway...

      Ziplock bags can be recycled but ONLY at a place that takes them. So in Albuquerque I think we have to go to places like Sprouts (sometimes anyway), Whole Foods, etc. You can try this link for more sites: http://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/#4 But always call. Sometimes I show up with 800 bags and the bin has been temporarily moved.

      The numbers on the bottoms of plastics and such are actually there for the plastic community and not the recycle community if you can believe it. They are stamps to let the manufacturers know what kind of material they are using. It just happened to be a (somewhat) convenient method to determine what we can throw in our bins and what we can't. Just yesterday I saw a "recycle" number on the bottom of a Styrofoam cup! (yep...guilty of getting late afternoon soda at a place that won't take my cup)

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  2. Sorry to bug…what about saran wrap and trash bags (like the white or black ones for trashcans)?

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    1. Bug away! Cling wrap is a 50/50 for. Half the time it's too dirty to recycle. The other half it's clean enough but it must go in with your Ziplock bags and taken to a place that accepts plastic bags. I do this once a month or so but it's a bit nerve-wracking to have that many plastic bags in the house with a toddler.

      I'm pretty sure (and I will confirm) that black trash bags are a No No for the recycle bin. But white one? I'll get back to you.

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  3. Such a nice blog. I really like the information provided regarding recycling plastic products. Hope to get some more information in future also.
    Recycle plastic scrap

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    1. I'll get a post out one of these days about recycling plastic bags since the collection sites aren't always particularly informative.

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  4. This is exactly what I've been looking for! Thanks!

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    1. You are very welcome Rachel! Sometime this year I hope to make the page a little more user-friendly with an updated website. And add some more things that I'm always wondering about. :-)

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  5. Hey!

    These are really good ideas.

    I must say that there is general belief that all waste products which gets managed or recycled is damaging to the environment and to people's health.

    That is not correct. What we dispose, if we look carefully there are many waste material, which after going through waste management process are beneficial to the soil.

    The use of such beneficial waste products can be helpful in making agricultural land more fertile.
    You can also hire professional companies for waste removal .
    Thanks a lot buddy for sharing these great ideas .

    Keep doing good day.
    God Bless U :)



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    1. Well I think I create this initially so I had a guide for myself! :-)

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  6. Thank you for your great advice. Recycling is a very important way of waste management. It helps to maintain the environment clean and tidy.

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