Recycling is not a new thing at all, yet it is only recently that it has become a big part of our lives. The growing concern for the environment and the future of the planet are finally opening eyes.
Recycling is not difficult; if you need any help or advice, please contact Sunrise Sanitation Services. It is our pleasure to help, and with over 35 years of experience, we know all there is to know about recycling.
All types of paper
Paper, in general, is 100% recyclable. That includes letters and documents, magazines, computer paper, packaging, and books; they all go in the same bin. Be sure to remove plastic wraps and rubber bands. Stickers, corrugated cardboard, laminated paper, and cardboard do not belong there. Newspapers are generally separated and have specific bins.
- Paper Cups and Plastic Lined Paper
All these are recyclable today, but better ask your local recycling center. Do not include dirty wrappers, food containers, or napkins.
- Corrugated Cardboard
This is of high value for recycling. Always fold and tie the cardboard so that it is easy to be picked up, and make sure it is dry. Plastic coated and dirty food wrap corrugated cardboard, like pizza boxes, are not accepted.
Plastic is a nasty one. Efforts should be made to recycle it as it can be transformed into a variety of products. Not all plastics are the same of course, some are easier to process than others; for this reason, they are graded as such:
- #1 PET and #2 HDPE are used for plastic bags and containers; they are commonly accepted everywhere.
- #5 is the least recyclable of them, also try and stay away from it. It is considered to be very safe to use for food, including yogurt, butter, and margarine. It is very costly to recycle #5, and therefore, it has very little value. These plastics are used for the following, plastic bags and bottles, grocery bags, polystyrene. For more information, check with Sunrise Sanitation Services.
- #6 is typically used for eggs cartons, cups and food trays, and it’s non-biodegradable. It is a good idea to ask your recycling center if they accept #6. For any information, check with Sunrise Sanitation Services.
- #7 is a mixture of different plastics such as polycarbonates, and they are not recyclable.
It is effortless to recycle glass as they have specific bins. Some centers ask for the labels to be removed. The glass must be clean before it is recycled.
Fluorescent lights are taken to shops like IKEA. Some centers refuse light bulbs, mirrors, and pyrex, so it is a good idea to ask them before you do anything with them.