Which items are most commonly accepted by recycling plants?



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    Most items can be recycled. Common items include soda cans, glass, paper, plastics. Each item has its own recycling rules. 


    Questions to ask your recycling center from An Eco-Babe’s Guide to Greening It:  

    When are you open? 

    What materials to you accept? (Some places don’t take glass.) 

    How do you want the materials sorted or packaged? 

    How clean do the materials have to be? 

    Do you pay for materials and how much? 


    How to Sort 

    Here are some general tips. 

    Before you crush your aluminum cans, find out how your 

    recycling center accepts them.  

    Separate tin (canned goods) from aluminum (soda) cans.  

    Separate your glass containers by color: clear, green and brown. If 

    the glass is even slightly colored, do not put it in with the clear. 

    If you have other colored glass, put it with the color it’s closest 

    to; i.e. darker colors in brown and lighter colors in green.  

    Separate paper by color and type. Remove all paperclips and 

    staples, plastics (windowed part of envelopes) as well as glued 

    parts (like labels or post-it notes sticky section).  

    Newspaper, glossy magazines and cardboard are not to be mixed 

    with paper. Each needs to be separate. 

    Plastic is numbered 1-7 (check the bottom of containers). 

    Separate them by number. If it’s number 7, it’s not recycleable. 

    Call your recycling center to see what types of plastic they 

    accept, and then alter your shopping habits accordingly. Try to 

    buy only #1 as it is easily recycled into all kinds of products 

    from carpets to car bumpers. 

    Waxed milk and soy cartons are not recyclable. Try to purchase 

    them in number 1 or 2 plastic or glass.  


    Remember just about EVERYTHING can be recycled, from your old 

    phones and fax machines, to your clothes and old appliances. Use the 

    resources below to find out how.  



    Donald, Rhonda Lucas. Recycling (True Books: Environment) 

    Guillain, Charlotte. Reusing and Recycling (Help the Environment) 

    Inskipp, Carol. Reducing And Recycling Waste (Improving Our 


    Lund, Herbert F. McGraw-Hill Recycling Handbook, 2nd Edition 

    Richard, Porter C. The Economics of Waste 

    The Earth Works Group. The Recycler’s Handbook 

    Wong, Janet S. and David Roberts. The Dumpster Diver 


    Earth 911 (http://www.Earth911.org) – This website has just about all 

    the information you need. You can even find your municipal 

    hazardous waste facility just by entering your zip code. 

    Environmental Protection Agency (http://www.Epa.gov

    Global Recycling Network (http://www.Grn.com

    Recycle your old electronics (http://www.recycles.org), 

    (http://www.pcsforschools.org) or (http://www.eiae.org) 

    Starfish Project (http://www.thestarfishproject.org) – They take your 

    unwanted medications and distribute them to developing countries 

    who can’t afford them.  

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