By converting waste into valuable products, recycling creates jobs, contributes
feedstock to manufacturing and adds significant value to the entire U.S.
Americans make up 5% of the world's population and create 50% of the world's
You use seven trees a year in paper, wood and other products made from trees.
Over a lifetime, this amounts to approximately 525 trees - the amount of trees
that would cover nearly an acre of land.
Over your lifetime, you throw out about 90,000 pounds of organic garbage that
could be composted.
Motor oil never wears out, it just gets dirty. Oil can recycled, re-refined and
used again, reducing our reliance on imported oil.
A survey was done and 9 out of 10 people surveyed said they would recycle more
if it was easier.
Sources: EPA and Earth 911
Non Recyclable Material
paper, soiled paper, soiled napkins, and paper towels, pet food bags, and dryer
TIP: Keep shredded paper in a separate bag. This keeps it all together and it's
easier to give to those who can reuse it.
Any kind of plastic that has NO number for recycling. (e.g. Trash bags,
Ziplock bags, inside cereal box plastic, bubble wrap, clear plastic wrap, some
department store bags, potato chip bags, single cheese wrappers, 6-pack plastic,
candy wrappers, and frozen vegetable and meat bags.)
TIP: Always look for a number 1-7 when recycling plastic.
Soiled aluminum foil and soiled tin cans.
Soiled cardboard (e.g. grease, mold, and paint cluttered cardboard).
TIP: Keep materials lose inside your bag. When materials are put into other
bags or inside other plastic they cannot be sorted properly.
Window pane glass (e.g. tempered glass).
Although some Styrofoam will have the number #6 it is still considered
non-recyclable. (e.g. To-go boxes and cups, Styrofoam dinnerware, Styrofoam
packaging, and coolers.)
TIP: Bring your own To-go box to restaurants to avoid using Styrofoam. If you
have purchased a product that used Styrofoam for packaging, use it for
insulation or reuse it to pack up your breakables for storage.
Office Paper, Newspaper, Brown Paper Bags, Magazines, Junk Mail, and Phone
bottles and containers (#1-#7)
#1 PE: Soda bottles, oven-ready meal trays, and water
#2 HDPE: Milk bottles, detergent bottles, and spray bottles.
#3 PVC: Loose-leaf binders and plastic pipes
#4 LDPE: Dry cleaning bags, produce bags, and squeezable
#5 PP: Medicine bottles, drinking straws, and food containers
(ketchup bottles, sour cream/butter/hummus tubs).
#6 PS: Compact disc jackets and plastic tableware.
#7 Other: Reusable water bottles, certain kinds of food
containers, and Tupperware.
Glass and Aluminum
Glass including Glass Bottles and Jars
All colors of glass accepted: clear, blue, green and brown.
Aluminum including Aluminum Cans
Corrugated cardboard paper board (cereal boxes and snack boxes), paper
cardboard (dairy and juice cartons), and toilet paper and paper towel rolls.