Recycling Week Nov. 8-15 is Here – 3 Frequent Recycling QuestionsAnswered
November 12, 2010 byLindsay Oberst Filed underRecycling|1 Comment
http://green.srgliving.com/recycling/recycling-week-nov-8-15-is-here-3-frequent-recycling-questions-answered National Recycling Week is Nov. 8-15. Here on this
eco-friendly apartment living
blog, we’ve alreadytalked aboutelectronic recyclingandrecycling old phone books. Recycling isn’t as hard as many people
think, and it does wonders to make our world a better place. Recycling can get confusing though, so keepreading to find answers to some common questions.
1. Why Can’t Plastic Bags Be Placed in the Recycling Bin?
Plastic is a problem in our world right now. (If you want to know why,watch this video.) Plastic bags aresomething that almost all people still have in their apartments, even if they have taken the important,
step to bring reusable bags with them when they shop. So, why can’t they be placed in yourrecycling bin?First of all, everything that people put into their recycling bins must first be sorted by hand at recyclingcenters. Plastic bags often are filled with things that can be harmful. Because of this, workers must removeall plastic bags before they go on to be recycled. Another reason plastic bags cannot be placed in yourrecycling bin is that they interfere with automatic sorting machines.To find out where to recycle your plastic bags, check out thePlastic Bag Recycling Organization website.Here you can enter your state and find out where to take your plastic bag stash. Or you could alwaysmakeart with them.
2. Does Your Recycling Need to be Clean?
Things like pizza boxes, cans and jars are often dirty after use. Yes, they should be recycled. But, first, theyneed to be cleaned. How clean is clean enough?Small amounts of food won’t interfere with the recycling process, however, you should scrape and rinse outall jars and cans to be safe. As far as pizza boxes go, you should not leave any food in them.