February 07 2017 0comment
waste management

Toss Those Recycling Myths In the Trash and Check Out These Common Recycling Myths, Explained

We all know how important it is to recycle. This form of waste management, when done properly, has the ability to make Mother Nature very happy as it keeps garbage from polluting our ecosystem. Not to mention it is quite cheap as well, on average it costs only $30 per ton to recycle trash, compared to $50 per ton to send it to a landfill.

But, there are many myths floating around concerning recycling. To make both Mother Nature and your wallet smile, we have debunked some common myths for you.

Myth: A can, bottle, or piece of plastic cannot be recycled if it still has its label.
Wrong! Typically these labels are taken off during the handling process, so there is no need to worry if your bag full of bottles still has its original packaging. However, the recycling center will find it quite helpful if you remove them beforehand! (That is, if you remember.)

Myth: Pizza boxes cannot be recycled.
If they are clean, yes they can! This is because the fats and oils that are typically soaked into the box get in the way when the cardboard is broken down. This makes for an oily pulp, which is not feasible if the cardboard is to be used for another purpose. So if your box is completely dry, go right ahead and toss it in the bin.

Myth: You must always separate metal from paper.
Think your packet of paper cannot be recycled because it has staples? Think again! The paperclips, staples and metal rings are also all mechanically removed at the recycling plant, so make sure to tell your office to step up their waste management game!

Myth: All your recycling has to be sorted.
Usually, this is a case by case basis, depending on your trash removal service. While some may pick up recycling and trash altogether, some may require your paper, cardboard, and all other recyclables to be separated. When in doubt, just ask.

Myth: Multi-colored paper items, such as magazines, cannot be recycled together.
Nope! Go right ahead and toss them all in the recycling bin, as books, magazines, and newspapers are always collected, no matter their color!

Have any other questions about recycling? Feel free to call us today!