GIVE RECYCLING A TRY
While the number of U.S. landfills has steadily declined over the years, the average landfill size has increased. At the national level, landfill capacity appears to be sufficient for our current practices — although it is still limited in some areas. But recycling can help — by conserving natural resources, saving energy, reducing GHG, avoiding landfills, and much more.
In 2014, only 34.6% of what we tossed out was either recycled or composted, according to the EPA. But it’s easy to do more! Here are some helpful hints to make recycling easier for you and your family:
Recycling Do’s and Don’ts
Do: Recycle paper with staples, clips, or spirals intact — the metal will be filtered out by machines later.
Don't: Include any paper with food stains (think pizza boxes), as they can contaminate a load.
Do: Return plastic bags to stores. Find a local spot at plasticbagrecycling.org.
Don't: Forget to remove bottle caps. They're made of a different type of plastic and can mess up a whole batch
FOR GLASS & METAL
Do: Rinse out bottles, jars, and cans; throw away (or recycle) caps.
Do: Include washed pie tins and foil, metal bottle caps, wire coat hangers, scrap metal.
Don't: Worry about labels — they'll burn off at the plant.
Don't: Make the town dump your first stop. One person's trash is another's treasure — so when you want to ditch an old item, first try freecycle.org or a thrift shop.
For more information on recycling, visit https://www.epa.gov/recycle/recycling-basics.