What’s Easy to Recycle ?
More than 100 million Americans recycling used and old materials—but are you still trying to sort which items you can recycle, what goes into the compost, and what items have to go into the garbage?
The National Recycling Coalition has put together a list the top ten most important items to recycle. These are the easy ones to recycle
Aluminum cans are 100 percent recyclable and can also be recycled over and over again. Even better, recycled cans into new cans takes 95% less energy. And you can earn money by taking your cans into town.
2: PET Plastic Bottles.
About 25 billion singleserving bottles of water will be sold this year, according to the Container Recycling Institute. Nearly 80% of those end up in a landfill. Making plastic out of recycled resources uses about twothirds less energy. So start a new habit of recycling plastic.
Newspaper can be recycled, but can also be great for composting. Soak newspaper in bone meal and water and use it in your garden (under the soil).
In 1996, the US generated 29 million tons of OCC, or 13.8% of our municipal waste stream. Next time UPS delivers a big box to your office, break it down and recycle it—or use it like newspaper to help hold water in your planters.
Steel can be recycled over again without compromising the quality. And it’s not just steel cans that can be recycled—auto parts or appliances can earn you scrap money.
#6: HDPE plastic bottles (high-density polyethylene). These have a logo on the bottom of the container—three arrows in the shape of a triangle. Numbers 1 and 2 are easily recyclable, but 3 through 7 are not. Buy 1 and 2 when you can. Rinse and clean the containers, store and take them to town.
Recycling just one glass container saves enough energy to light a 100watt bulb for four hours! If you don’t save your glass jars, recycle them.
#8: Magazines and #9: Mixed paper.
These don’t burn well, but recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees