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DO YOUR PART
RECYCLEABLE NON RECYCLEABLE

PLASTICS
As long as the plastic being recycled has a symbol like this: with a number in it, then it can most likely be recycled. Even if the local recycling company cannot accept it, they might be able to send it to a larger company that can.
GIFT BAGS AND TISSUE PAPER
These things cannot be recycled, but that does not mean that they cannot be reused. When giving a gift use an old bag and tissue paper instead of using new ones.
ALUMINUM
As long as someone is willing to recycle aluminum, then it can be recycled. Aluminum can be recycled an infinite amount of times. This product can also be reused in a variety of ways for arts and crafts.
PACKAGING MATERIALS
The plastic wrappers on the outside of a lot of the materials that we purchase cannot be recycled because of their chemical properties. Make sure you check for the recycle sign: then it can be recycled.
PLASTIC BAGS
There are so many grocery stores that are starting to recycle palstic bags in order to make new plastic bags. So stop by the local Fred Meyer, Safeway, and Waremart to recycle your plastic bags.
FOOD STORAGE BAGS
This is also a form of plastic that cannot be recycled, but these bags can be reused. Just clean them out and dry them after using them in order to use them again.
GLASS
This is another product that can be recycled a countless amount of times. This product can also be reused as a vase or even a water bottle.
MIXED MATERIALS
Items taht are made of several materials are hard to recycle because they are hard to seperate. For example: the seal of a Pringles container. However, any other materials that can be seperated like plastic from a cardboard package can be recycled.
TIN
When these items are recycled it saves a lot of energy, energy that would have been needed in order to make a brand new item out of new tin.

Try to clean out all of these materials before recycling.
Just clean out any food or drink left over in or on these materials.

This makes the recycling process much cleaner.

 

HELPFUL TIPS

  • Use reusable shopping bags instead of plastic bags.
  • Use biodegradable containers instead of styrofoam.
  • Use compact florescent lights (CFL) instead of incandescent light bulbs.
CARDBOARD
Shiny cardboard and corrugated cardboard can be recycled. Examples of this inlcudes: cereal boxes, pizza boxes, and packaging boxes.

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CURATOR : Amanda Sheelar, ASWOU Student

This page was modified April 6, 2009 mtc.