Acceptable Items
Acceptable Items

Acceptable Items

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Cartons

Cartons

Acceptable cartons: Cartons that hold liquid materials such as milk, soup, juice, wine, broth and paper cups.

Not acceptable: Frozen food cartons

How to recycle: Ensure carton is clean and empty, and then toss it without flattening it. If you have a straw, push it back into the carton before recycling.

Transformation: Cartons are baled together and sent to a paper mill to be transformed into new paper products such as toilet paper, tissue paper and building materials.

Fun fact: A ton of paper made from recycled fibers instead of virgin fibers conserves 7,000 gallons of water, 17-31 trees, 4,000 kWh of electricity, and 60 pounds of air pollutants.

Paper

Paper

Acceptable paper: Cardboard boxes , junk mail, office paper, newspaper, magazines, paper bags, empty cereal or food boxes, magazines, clean and empty pizza boxes, telephone books, shredded paper in paper bags.

Not acceptable: Paper plates, parchment paper, butcher paper, wax paper, wrapping paper, receipts, photos, or tissues/napkins, hard cover books (unless the hard cover is removed), yellowed newsprint, wax coated cardboard

How to recycle: Make sure paper is clean. When recycling envelopes or pasta boxes, please remove the plastic window before recycling. Pizza boxes need to be empty and clean.

Transformation: Paper gets baled and sent to a paper mill. Recycled paper products get turned into paper board (e.g. cereal boxes and cracker boxes), cardboard, printer paper, newspaper, egg cartons, grocery bags, and other products.

Fun Fact: Recycling paper saves trees and water. For every one-ton of paper made from recycled paper, it saves up to 17 trees and uses 50% less water.

Glass

Glass

Acceptable glass: Bottles and jars (all colors)

Not acceptable: mirrors, ceramics, lightbulbs, drinking glasses, window glass.

How to recycle: Bottles and jars should be clean and empty. If there is a lid/plastic seal, remove it from the glass and put it in the garbage.

Transformation: Sorted glass is sent to a processor where they are further cleaned, sorted and crushed. This glass becomes cullet, which is used to make new glass containers.

Fun fact: Glass is 100% recyclable. It can be melted and recycled endlessly to make new glass products with no loss in quality. Emterra Environmental USA is a Glass Recycling Coalition Member. We are dedicated to breaking down barriers in order to keep glass in the recycling stream, meet and grow end-market demand for glass cullet and build awareness of the benefits of glass recycling.

Plastic

Plastic

Acceptable plastic: Food, beverage and personal and home care bottles, containers, and jugs with a mobius loop containing a number #1, #2, #4, #5, #6, and #7 on the bottom.

Not acceptable: Styrofoam™, plastic bags (return to retailer please), resealable bags, plastic wrap, diapers, plastic lids (such as yogurt or sour cream), tanglers (hoses, wires, cords, and other stringy materials), hangers, Tupperware™-style containers, prescription medicine containers, motor oil and anti-freeze containers.

How to recycle: Ensure bottles and containers are empty and clean.

Transformation: Plastic is sorted by plastic type and put into bales. Plastic bales are sent to processors that wash, shred and pelletize the plastic so they can be used to make new bottles and containers, plastic lumber, picnic tables, lawn furniture, playground equipment, recycling bins and more.

Fun fact: Recycled plastics save energy compared to new plastic products, recycled plastic products require up to 88% less energy for manufacture.

Metal

Acceptable items: Clean and empty aluminum cans, steel cans and aluminum foil.

Not acceptable: batteries, needles, propane tanks, medical waste, aerosol cans, paint cans, fencing, car parts, appliances, electronics, pots, pans, car parts, construction waste, scrap metal.

How to recycle: Make sure steel cans and aluminum cans and foil are clean and empty.

Transformation: Each metal is taken to a specific furnace designed to melt that particular metal. Purification is done to ensure the final product is of high quality and free of contaminants so that it can be made into new metal products.

Fun fact: Metals are infinitely recyclable. Aluminum cans are the most valuable recycled item in the United States and have the highest return rate from the time the can is dropped off at a recycling center or picked up by your garbage man.

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