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
  • Newspaper
  • 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:

  • Cables
  • DVD/Blue ray players
  • Cell phones
  • Cell phone batteries
  • Computers
  • Computer batteries
  • Keyboards
  • Laptops
  • Monitors
  • Mouse
  • Printers
  • Televisions
  • Remote Controls

Recycling centers have drop boxes for these items.

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