Beginning a recycling plan seems like it takes a lot of effort, at first. A little basic knowledge and a few tips make recycling very simple. In many communities, a recycling center or waste collection service will pick up your recycling from your home. Every major city, and many smaller cities, has at least one recycling center. If you are serious about recycling, I advise visiting the recycling center directly for advice and local policies. Every center has its own rules about what it accepts for recycling and how it accepts it.
Recycling is different for different products. The process does take a little effort in sorting. Many recycling centers make it easy by allowing multiple types of materials together, but most require that recyclables be sorted into different containers:
• Paper – Paper includes newspaper, magazines, loose office paper or supplies, paper packaging, plastic-lined paper, and cardboard. Some centers ask that different paper products be separated, while others allow all paper to go together. It is okay to have staples in the paper, but rubber bands should be removed. Cardboard should be broken down and bailed with string. Some centers do not accept laminated, plastic-coated, or waxed paper.
• Plastic – Plastic includes consumer goods, bottles, packaging, and grocery bags. Most recyclable plastics are called types 1 and 2. Type 1 plastic is bottles. Type 2 is polyethylene such as grocery bags. Composite plastics are generally not recyclable.
• Glass – Glass is recycled by color: green, brown, or clear. This is known as container glass because most of it is bottles. Sheet glass, mirrors, Pyrex, and light bulbs are not usually accepted.
• Metal – Metals are separated into food cans, aluminum cans, copper, bronze, brass, and steel. Aluminum cans may have to be crushed before they are accepted.
• Electronics – Electronics usually require a specialty recycling center.
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