Americans are more aware than ever about recycling. More and more municipalities are providing alternative garbage containers to separate what can be recycled and what cannot be recycled. So what can and cannot be recycled?
Confused or have questions on what can be and what should not be recycled? Here are the most common and/or the most overlooked items that should be recycled.
Aluminum cans are 100 percent recyclable and can also be recycled over and over again. Always a good idea to rinse first.
#2: Plastic Bottles
Simply amazing when you think about it, Americans will buy about 25 billion single-serving bottles of water this year, according to the Container Recycling Institute. Now imaging that nearly 80 percent of those bottles will end up in a landfill! plastic bottles, more than any other type of plastic, are the most commonly used type, they are usually the easiest to recycle.
You would think that this would be the most obvious one, right? Well, maybe not. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, paper makes up about one-third of the all the municipal waste stream in the U.S.
#4: Corrugated Cardboard.
Old corrugated cardboard (OCC) waste produces a compelling percentage of the commercial solid waste stream in the United States. In fact, just in 1996, the U.S. generated 29 million tons of OCC, or 13.8% of our municipal waste stream and approximately 90% of that comes from the commercial sector, the places where we work. So next time FED-Ex delivers that box to your place of business, take an minute, break it down and recycle it.
#5: Steel cans.
Similar to aluminum, steel products can be recycled over and over again without jeopardizing the quality of the steel. You may not only have steel cans in your house, maybe you have some steel auto parts or appliances that are suitable for recycling too? In North America, recycling steel saves the equivalent energy to power 18 million households a year.
There are other notable mentions of common household items in our houses that can be recycled.
- Junk Mail and Cards
- Glass containers