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.”

Monday, November 7, 2016

Can I Recycle Vinyl Siding?

When most people think of recycling, products like aluminum, plastic, cardboard, and paper come to mind. Materials like vinyl begin to become more questionable as a recyclable item.

“Vinyl is not a natural substance but is a synthetic man-made material. It is a type of plastic that is made from ethylene (found in crude oil) and chlorine (found in regular salt). When processed, both the substances are combined to form Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) resin, or as is commonly referred to - Vinyl.”

Sunday, October 23, 2016

What Constitutes a “Contaminant” in Recycling?

In terms of recycling, a contaminant is anything that is not conducive to the recycling process of a particular commodity.

When recycling glass, for example, an aluminum can mixed in with the glass is considered a contaminant. Although aluminum itself is a recyclable material, it contaminates the glass load by not being able to be recycled with the same process as glass, therefore fouling up the whole operation.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Is Metal Bakeware Recyclable?

A century ago, baking used to be done on stone or clay bakeware.  Modern aluminum or metallic
bakeware made an incredible difference in how people cooked.

"Metal pots are made from a narrow range of metals because pots and pans need to conduct heat well, but also need to be chemically unreactive so that they do not alter the flavor of the food. Most materials that are conductive enough to heat evenly are too reactive to use in food preparation."

Monday, December 21, 2015

Are Empty Glue Bottles Recyclable?

Anyone who does any kind of craft or fix-it projects or has kids usually has a plethora of empty or half-empty glue bottles and sticks lying around the house. What can be done with these little bottles when they are no longer needed?

First, you can throw them into your regular trash. This may seem irresponsible to some but may be easier than finding a means of recycling them in most areas.