What’s commonly recycled
Number 1 Plastics
Number 2 Plastics
Number 5 Plastics
What’s sometimes recycled
Number 4 Plastics
Number 6 Plastics
What’s rarely recycled
Number 7 Plastics
It’s necessary both to rinse cans and bottles before recycling and to remove labels. Just in case you’re interested, Post-it notes, staples, and cellophane windows don’t have to be removed from paper products when recycling.
Jacque also wondered if plastic screw-on lids should be left off of plastic bottles when recycling. Plastic lids should be left off plastic bottles and thrown away in the trash.
One more thing that needs to go straight to the garbage can? Food packaging that’s a combination of plastic and foil.
For other recycling questions and answers, check out the informative site Recyclable or Not?.
“Our garage is attached and we bought five cheap trash cans one for returnable glass bottles, one for returnable cans/plastic, one for plastics, glass and tin cans, one for paper, and one for cardboard (which is how we have to sort.) I break down cardboard (cereal boxes, etc.) as we finish them, as well as rinse out containers when I rinse dishes. Then we toss them into the garage bins.
“I purchased a ceramic compost container for the kitchen along with filters and biodegradable bags from Gardener Supply Company. It sits next to kitchen sink and does not look ugly (blends in and looks like a crock). I take compost out about every 2-3 days (we eat a lot of fresh veggies and fruit). With the biodegradable bags, I don’t have to wash the crock out all the time. And it’s easier to take out to the compost pile. We are down to almost one trash bag a week – sometimes just a half.”
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