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Recycling

Recycling is a simple way for everyone to help out their communities and the environment. You can help preserve natural resources from being depleted by supporting the recycled goods market.

Today, we see the internationally-recognized symbol for recycling (three arrows moving in a triangle) on more products than ever before. The arrows each represent a different part of the recycling process-collection, remanufacture, and resale.

Check for the recycling symbol before you throw an item away. It’s an easy way to reduce your household waste amounts and do something good for the Earth and our future.

Learn more about single stream recycling at home by watching our Recycle video.

Items We Recycle:

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aluminum
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tin
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plastics #1 – #7
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Juice Boxes
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paper

(newspapers, junk mail, magazines, envelopes, empty chipboard such as cereal and juice boxes)

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Cartons (milk, broth, juice)
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cardboard

(broken down and flattened
to a size of 2 X 2 ft)

Items We Do Not Take:

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glass

(bottles, mirrors, or windows)

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styrofoam
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rubber bands
plastic

plastics bags
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soiled paper

(like pizza boxes)

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tissue paper
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paper towels
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wax-coated paper

 

No separating required

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Aluminum and tin

Rinse out all food and beverage containers. We now accept formed aluminum containers (example: disposable pie plates). We also accept clean aluminum foil/tin cans and aluminum cans.

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Aerosol cans and paint cans

These cans MUST be empty, (example hairspray and deodorant). Paint cans MUST have paint removed.

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Motor oil (Bellevue only)

Place used motor oil in 1 gallon plastic jug (milk jug) or other non-breakable container. Clearly mark container ‘Used Motor Oil”. Place container next to regular trash items.

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Paper

Place in the bins, newspaper (including advertising supplements), magazines, brown grocery bags, telephone books, catalog, office paper, junk mail, envelopes (any type). We accept empty chipboard (example: cereal boxes)/ wet strength carrier stock (example: 12 pack beverage boxes), frozen food packages (example: TV dinner boxes) and juice boxes.

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Cardboard

Place under bin clean corrugated cardboard boxes or shipping boxes. Please break down or cut boxes so they are flat and no longer than 2×2 ft.

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Plastic

At this time we collect #1 through #7 plastic containers. To recognize these please look at the bottom of the container for the recycling symbol 1,2,3,4,5,6,7. Rinse and place in bin. (Examples: pop bottles, milk bottles, detergent bottles, bleach bottles, butter tubs, sour cream cartons, dip containers).

We do not accept any glass in the recycling containers.

Recycling glass is unfortunately not very economical or eco-friendly

Mixing glass with the other recycling taints the cardboard and paper that makes up most of the recycling materials.

Mixed glass recycling must be collected, loaded on trucks and shipped out of state for processing. These factors negate most, if not all, of the environmental benefits of the recycling effort.

We do have an alternative which is economical and eco-friendly! You can collect and take your glass containers to one of the drop box locations for glass recycling. The glass stays out of the other recycling materials and is collected by a fiber glass manufacturer.

 

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