Confusingly, the recycling symbols that come on some containers don’t actually always tell you that much about whether a product can be recycled or not. It’s important to be aware of the specific requirements of your curbside recycling program; some curbside programs only take a subset of the items that come with a recycling symbol on them. What isn’t accepted by your curbside program may still be recyclable, however – even if it doesn’t carry the recycling symbol. Many recycling centers will take deliveries of materials that a curbside recycler wouldn’t accept. To find a center near you, you can visit http://www.earth911.com. Enter the type of product you’re trying to recycle in the box on the upper left-hand side of the page. Then enter your zip code in the box to the right. The search should bring up a list of recycling centers near you that will accept the product you’re trying to recycle.
What is or is not recyclable depends on where you live. Not all recyclables are marked (paper comes to mind). It is best to just look these sorts of things up for your area.
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