Monday, July 24, 2017

Are Frozen Food Containers Recyclable?

Frozen food containers vary from pizza boxes, where the food is actually contained in a plastic bag or wrapping, to ones that you throw right into your microwave to cook in and eat out of.

Frozen pizza boxes resemble cereal and cracker boxes and are made of a cardboard material that is recyclable as-is.  The other style of frozen food container is a different story altogether.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Does Rain and Moisture Affect Recycling?

Many of us take our trash and recycling out the night before it will be picked up to ensure that  But if it’s raining, does the rain affect the quality of recycling or its ability to even be recycled?  Unfortunately, the answer for some commodities is “yes”.
we remember to take it out and so we get it out before the truck comes on our service day.

Rain on material like aluminum, metal, plastic, and glass doesn’t pose any type of problem.  Cardboard and paper are a very different story.

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Role of Magnets in the Recycling Process

“Paper and paperboard have always had high recycling rates for bulk newsprint, office paper, and old cardboard.  Metal, however, is the material with the second-highest MRF-related recycling rates at over one third.”
Machines in recycling facilities designed for the purpose of separating recyclables are made up of several components.  Among these are different types of magnets to sort and handle metallic materials.  The most popular and widely used are overbelt magnets, electromagnets and eddy current magnets.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Are Greeting Cards Recyclable?

If you’re in the market for a greeting card, you’re likely to find one for just about any occasion. Everything from birthdays, Christmas, sympathy, thinking of you, and “thank you” to more obscure things like Groundhog Day, Boss’ Day and Sweetest Day.

“The history of greeting cards dates back to the ancient Chinese who exchanged messages of goodwill to celebrate a New Year, and to early Egyptians who used papyrus scrolls to send greetings.”

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Can I Put Recyclables Inside Of Each Other In My Cart?

Newspapers, tea bag wrappers, cracker boxes, and office paper….can you put it all into a cereal box before you put it into your recycling cart? Absolutely. However, if you add an aluminum can or a water bottle into that mix, the answer will change. 

Although Single Stream recycling means that you are welcome to put all of your clean unsorted, unbagged recycling into the same container loose, stacking them or putting some inside of others is subject to some specific guidelines.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Is Ceramic Recyclable?

Although most things with the right process are recyclable, conventional means of modern recycling
aren’t able to handle specific products, even if they are common, everyday products. Ceramics is one of these products.

Ceramics are essentially made of clay, whereas glass’ main component is silica or sand. Although glass is a type of ceramic, these two product types have very different recycling processes.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

How Many Shoes Are In Landfills?

The number of pairs of shoes people have in their closets compared to how many they actually wear is usually glaringly different.

According to, studies in 2013 “estimated that 20 billion pairs of shoes are produced annually, and unfortunately, roughly 300 million pairs are thrown away each year.”