Learning to Separate Trash from Recycling Items

Unsightly debris can make your home or business look abandoned.

Separating trash from recycling items can seem like a challenge at first, but it doesn’t have to be. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the simple steps you can take to make sure that your trash and recyclables are being properly sorted. We’ll look at how to separate trash from recycling items so that you can do your part in helping the environment and keeping our planet clean.

Most Common Items That Are Recyclable 

How to recycle properly.

Plastic Bottles & Containers: Most plastic bottles and containers can be recycled, including water bottles, milk jugs, soda bottles, shampoo bottles, laundry detergent bottles, and many more. Be sure to check the bottom of the container for the recycling symbol before you toss it in the recycling bin. 

Aluminum Cans: Aluminum cans are one of the most common recyclable materials. All beverage cans, such as beer, soda, and energy drinks, are accepted in most recycling programs. It’s important to rinse out all cans before recycling them to avoid any contamination.

Cardboard & Paperboard: Cereal boxes, shipping boxes, egg cartons, and other cardboard items can all be recycled. While paperboard items such as shoe boxes and toilet paper tubes can also be recycled, it’s important to make sure that no wax or plastic coating is present on the material.

Glass Bottles & Jars: Glass bottles and jars are widely accepted by recycling programs. To recycle glass safely, it’s important to separate different types of glass – clear, green, and brown – into their own categories so that they don’t mix together and contaminate each other.

The Basics of Separation and Preparation of Recyclable Items

To start separating trash, you’ll need to separate all of your trash from recyclables. Once you have done this, it’s time to start preparing the recyclable items for pick-up. Start by rinsing any food containers or cans that you have and removing any lids or caps. It’s also important to make sure that any paper products are free of food residue. Finally, make sure that any plastic containers are clean and free of residue as well.When you are done preparing your recyclables, it’s time to put them into their designated recycling bin. Be sure to sort your items according to what type they are. Most cities offer separate bins for paper products, plastic containers, aluminum cans, and glass bottles. Make sure that you check with your local city or county to find out which materials are accepted in each bin.

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