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Start Recycling At Home in 5 Easy Steps

Recycling Solutions for Your Family

Recycling is the process of converting used material into new, usable goods. Paper, aluminum, plastic, steel can all utilize the recycling process in cost- and energy–efficient ways.

1. Use Recycled Materials Around the House

According to Treehugger, over a half a millions trees would be saved if you replaced one roll of paper towels with paper towels manufactured from recycled material.

2. Know the Local Rules

Every community and municipality has a different set of guidelines for their respective programs. You can check on the schedule and rules on for your local recycling programs provided by your municipality on their website or by calling to local city hall.

3. Wet Paper = No Recycling

You know newspaper can be recycled, but did you know that wet soggy paper can not be recycled? be sure to keep your newspaper dry between pickups as the wet paper becomes ruined and cannot be reclaimed or recycled.

4. Plastics are NOT all the same

There are seven different types of plastics used today but most communities and municipalities local recycling centers are only equipped to recycle a few of them. Be sure to check with your local recycling program on which ones they can handle and then sort appropriately. You can see a full break down on which plastics are what by clicking here

5. Break Down Boxes

Cardboard is one of the easiest things to recycle. Breaking down your amazon prime and other cardboard boxes before they go out to the curb for recycling day helps you save on space and the recycling center too!

Not sure how to handle a certain item? You can check out an easy online A-to-Z guide of what can be tossed into which bin!

You can also use the “What to do with” guide if you want some information on a specific item!

About Mark Hirschfeld

Mark is a Pittsburgh native who has worked to develop his arsenal of marketing knowledge through his experience as a digital/print marketing specialist. He holds a dual Master's Degree from Point Park University (MBA/MA, Mass Communications) and believes that being creative is the least important, MOST important thing there is...

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