Today, technology allows us to recycle almost everything. However, each municipality has its own rules according to the infrastructure it has to recycle. For precise information, contact the waste management department of your municipality.
For your recycling efforts to be successful, it is important that what you put in the recycling bin is not dirty. Glass, aluminum and plastic containers should be washed or rinsed well, so that nothing is stuck; the paper and cardboard may be dirty but should not be stained with grease or food, otherwise they will not be recyclable. The materials that are commonly recycled are as follows;
Paper and Cardboard
You can recycle newspapers, magazines, catalogs, printer or notebook paper, letters and envelopes, paper bags, egg cartons, cardboard boxes, folders, telephone directories and other books with soft paste.
Hard-copy books, toilet paper, napkins, dirty disposable plates, photos, waxed paper such as candy wrappers, tetrapak, milk cartons or juice for example and envelopes with bubble wrap are not normally recycled.
Glass and Metal
All kinds of glass bottles, jars, juice cans, soda, beer, aluminum foil, aluminum trays, aluminum cake plates and aerosol containers can be recycled.
Glass vases or window or door glass, plexiglass or acrylic, potato bags, aerosol containers that are not completely empty are not normally recycled.
Everything marked with a number between 1 and 7 (look for it in the center of the recycling symbol that is normally in the bottom of the container) can be recycled. Examples include plastic containers of soda, milk, shampoo, soap, yogurt, mayonnaise, etc. Disposable cups and food containers may also be included.
Plastic bags, lids, toys, plastic or cellophane wrappings, plastics marked ‘PLA’ or large containers more than 3 gallons are not normally recycled.
Other Recyclable Materials
There are several materials that are recyclable but are not collected regularly by the municipalities. These materials are polystyrene, also known as unicel, flex foam, Styrofoam, batteries, electronics, furniture, clothes or rags, toxic containers, bulbs and medical products.
What to do with materials that are not recycled?
In fact, many of these materials can be recycled, but sometimes municipalities do not have the possibility to collect them, or they may have specific days to collect certain materials once a month or once a year. You can also call one of the e waste recycling companies in your area to do the recycling job for you.