How to Manage Your Recycling Before Dropping Off

Precycling will reduce all types of waste, including recycling

Recycling rules can get confusing. Not only do you have to worry about what can and can’t be recycled, but you have to worry about how it’s managed before you drop it off too. To make things easier for you, here is what you need to do with your recycling before you dispose of it.

Organize Your Recycling

Before you drop off your recycling, everything needs to be organized. Cans, paper, bottles, and cardboard should be separated into bins or bags. Also, cans and bottles need to be cleaned before they’re recycled; quickly rinsing out your cans and bottles with clean water will usually do. Not only does this make recycling easier at the facility, but it will also keep your recycling bin from smelling or getting covered in drink residue.

Break Down Your Cardboard

Broken down cardboard
All cardboard boxes should be broken down before being dropped off.

All cardboard will need to be broken down before being dropped off as well. Bulky cardboard boxes are hard to transport, and they take up lots of space. Try to get into the habit of breaking down cardboard boxes daily. By doing so, you won’t have to spend too much time breaking down piles of cardboard boxes all at once.

Make sure that the recycling bins you keep at home reflect the type of waste you produce. If you only produce plastic and paper waste, you’ll likely only need two bins. If you mostly produce waste because of large cardboard boxes, you’ll want to keep one large recycling bin. Keeping enough recycling bins on hand will ensure that you’re recycling often and properly.

If you’re unsure how exactly you should be separating your recycling, contact us at Sunrise Sanitation Services to see our recycling rules. By familiarizing yourself with our recycling rules, we can make sure that we’re providing you with the best recycling services possible. 

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