I currently don’t have access to residential recycling, so I’m letting my recycles pile up and then I’ll take them over to my parents’ house to be picked up. I do this because recycling is one of the best and easiest ways to reduce the need for landfills. Let’s face it, no one wants to live next to a landfill. It helps save energy because manufacturers don’t have to produce something from scratch, they can reuse the recyclable materials over and over again creating minimal carbon emissions. This is just the beginning of the benefits to recycling. Too many people are misinformed about depleted resources and climate change that they believe recycling isn’t going to make a difference, therefore why bother doing it. That’s not exactly a great mindset at all. Although it might be tedious and take up a little bit or space, but recycling is 100% worth it. Recycling allows manufacturers to conserve energy, keep costs down on their products, lowers the need for landfills, preserves our resources and protects our wildlife. Every little bit helps!
We can keep things pretty simple here with three simple guidelines.
1. Keep items relatively clean
2. Recycle all bottles, cans and paper
3. Don’t mix plastic bags in with your recycle bin
• Any and all plastic bottles or containers you can find in your kitchen (sour cream, cottage cheese, etc.)
• Any and all cardboard boxes (cereal + snack boxes)
• Any and all paper (office paper, newspaper, cardboard)
• Metals (tin, aluminum + steel cans)
• Glass (jars + bottles)
DO NOT RECYCLE:
• Plastic bags or stretch wrap – Meijer will actually take back any plastic bags and recycle them for you! They have a drop off bag in the lobby as you walk in.
• Polystyrene foam cups + containers (egg cartons, take out containers, drinking cups)
• Any container that was soiled by food products and cannot be cleaned
• Broken or sharp glass
• Fast food packaging
• Plastic utensils
Thankfully we live in a beautiful state that does a small payback for returning glass and aluminum bottles and cans. What’s better than being eco friendly and getting something back? So be sure to take those bad boys to a grocery store that has a can and bottle return center.
Check with your residential garbage pickup about the availability of recycling in your area. Here are some link for assistance:
What is considered hazardous waste? Products that are not only dangerous for you, but for the environment as well and should never go into the regular trash or recycling.
• Batteries: home and vehicular
• Electronics: TVs, computers, DVD players, cell phones, laptops, etc.
• Automotive products: brake fluid, antifreeze, fuel, oil etc.
• Air filters
• Cleansers + polishes
• Fertilizers, pesticides + weed killers
• Glues + caulk
• Mercury thermometers
• Paint: oil-based, latex, spray paint, thinners, solvents, + varnishes
• Wood stain + preservatives
• Fluorescent Light Bulbs
• Sharps: needles, lancets, etc.
• Swimming pool chemicals
Find your nearest Hazardous Waste Center for pick-up or drop-off options. Here are some links to help: