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Recycling Is Easier Than You Think

recycle-plastic-bags-logoI have to admit that I am bad about recycling.  With so many things going on each day I tend to put recycling on the back burner for “more important” things.  That is definately the wrong attitude and after reading a very interesting article, “Access to recycling is more widespread than previously thought”, I realized that I can make changes at home and at work that can make a big difference in our world and for the future of my children. 

I found the following lists very helpful in planning my recycling routine…

Recyclable plastic packaging is broken down as follows.

Bottles: For recycling purposes, a bottle is any container with a neck or an opening that’s smaller than its base. Include the following wherever plastic bottles are recycled:
• Milk jugs
• Beverage bottles (e.g., water, soft drinks, juice, and beer)
• Bottles from shampoo, toiletries, laundry detergent, and other household cleaners
• Salad dressing, cooking oil, and condiment bottles
• Food jars, such as peanut butter and mayonnaise

Containers: Include the following wherever containers, tubs and/or lids are recycled:
• Yogurt cups
• Butter tubs
• Deli containers
• Dairy containers
• Frozen food trays
• Produce containers (hinged or lidded)
• Lids

Bags and Wraps: Clean and dry plastic bags and wraps should be returned to grocery and retail stores for recycling instead of being placed in curbside bins. Include the following wherever plastic bags are recycled:
• Grocery bags
• Retail bags (remove hard plastic or string handles)
• Newspaper bags
• Dry cleaning bags (remove paper and hangers)
• Bread bags (with crumbs shaken out)
• Produce bags
• Sealable and nonsealable food storage bags
• Product wraps from paper towels, bathroom tissue, napkins, bulk beverages, and diapers.

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