BENEFITS OF RECYCLING
"Recycling" means separating, collecting, processing, marketing, and ultimately using a material that would have been thrown away. This morning's newspaper can be recycled for another morning's news or other paper products. Cans and bottles can be crafted for other uses.
Quality products and packaging are being made from recovered materials. We can all help create markets for recyclable by buying and using these products.
Why Should We Recycle?
- Recycling reduces our reliance on landfills and incinerators.
- Recycling protects our health and environment when harmful substances are removed from the waste stream.
- Recycling conserves our natural resources because it reduces the need for raw materials.
What Can We Recycle?
Each local recycling program is designed
to handle specific materials.
Commonly recycled materials include:
- Paper - Newspaper, office paper, cardboard, and other paper types.
- Yard trimmings - Grass, leaves, and shrub and tree clippings are recycled by composting.
- Glass - Bottles and jars (clear, green, and amber).
- Aluminum - Beverage containers.
- Other metals - Steel cans, auto bodies, refrigerators, stoves, and batteries.
- Used motor oil - Vehicle crankcase oil.
- Plastics - Soda bottles, milk jugs, bags, and detergent containers.