Be in the recycling loop
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authorities to learn about recycling options in their
communities. They may be required to separate
recyclables, or their community may offer single-
stream recycling. Some communities have drop-off
sites or [schedule] events for [accepting] certain
materials, such as household hazardous wastes.”
If you’re looking to recycle technology or home
items, many nationwide retailers and manufacturers
have recycling programs and can be contacted
directly for specifics. You can check to see if there is
a municipal recycling center in your area. In Los
Angeles, for example, S.A.F.E. (solvents, automotive,
flammables, electronics) recycling centers are an
option. Contact your local department of sanitation
and public works for additional information.
Technology that is outdated but still useful can be
donated to a charitable organization, and old furni-
ture can be donated to charity resellers.
Starting a recycling program. There are
many components to think about before starting a
recycling program in your area, from demand for
recyclables to materials collected, equipment, outreach and finding the right hauler. Your best bet is to
do thorough research. Check the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency website for a list of state environmental agencies to contact, and visit your local waste
authority’s website. You can also reach out to local
and state government officials, who will have additional information on starting and maintaining a
successful recycling program.
Knowing what to recycle. There are many
items that can potentially be recycled. However, the
rules on what is and is not allowed in the bins are not
the same everywhere. That’s because recycling programs are managed at the state and local levels and
use a variety of machines and methods. What you
need to know is what can be recycled in your area.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
says, “Consumers should contact their local waste
Giving products a second life. More and
more products are being manufactured with recycled
contents. Recycled materials are used in some ways
you might not even realize, such as recovered glass
added to asphalt for paving roads or recovered plastic
given new life in carpeting and park benches.
Organizations and companies offer solutions for recycling or reusing items you may not know can be recycled or reused. Among the things you may have been
throwing out that you can recycle or reuse: mattresses,
crayons, trophies, bras, pantyhose, tennis balls, bottle
caps, wine corks, roof shingles, fishing line and more.
If you think something can be recycled or reused, a
quick online search will give you some options of
where to send, drop off or donate items. C
HOW OFTEN HAVE you
approached a recycling bin with
confusion about whether you
can throw your recyclable in it?
Mitch Hedlund, founder of the
nonpro;t Recycle Across America and a Costco
back by creating
bins in America.
Hedlund believes confusion
over recyclables and contamination of bins hinders the
“Reducing land;ll services
by increasing recycling can
save schools, institutions and
companies thousands to
hundreds of thousands of
dollars a year,” Hedlund says.
“Organizations are reporting
over 50 percent increases in
their capture rates since using
the standardized labels.”
Major companies across
the country, schools, universi-
ties and towns such as Banff,
Alberta, have implemented
standardized labels to support
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