America Recycles Day
November 15 is America Recycles Day. It’s a perfect time to improve our contributions to recycling efforts.
What Can be Recycled?
Recycling programs vary depending on where you live. Even if you don’t have a curbside pickup program, chances are you have a recycling center nearby. Here’s a list of some common items that can be recycled:
- Aluminum cans, including soda cans, food cans, empty aerosol cans
- Steel cans, such as those that contain juice, vegetables, or other foods
- Plastic beverage containers, such as empty soda bottles, water bottles, and milk containers
- Glass (except broken glass), light bulbs, mixed color glass, mirrors, windows, and cookware
- Miscellaneous paper, including used copy paper, unwanted mail, etc.
- Cardboard boxes (except those that have been contaminated with food, such as pizza boxes)
- Automotive products, including antifreeze, car batteries, motor oil, tires, and transmission fluid
If you have an electronic item that’s still usable, consider donating it to a local charity. If it’s broken, it’s important to know that there are laws that prohibit throwing away computer monitors, batteries, and a host of other electronic equipment. These items often contain substances that can be harmful if not disposed of properly. Some of the items that fall into this category are:
- DVD/Blue ray players
- Cell phones
- Cell phone batteries
- Computer batteries
- Remote Controls
Recycling centers have drop boxes for these items.