Tips and Tricks of Recycling

Recycling is an important part of protecting and maintaining our environment. In addition, recycling will help conserve energy and slow the growth of landfills and global warming. Wheelhouse of Fair Oaks Apartments offers Valet Waste service that will come not only pick up trash but your recycling as well, right at your front door! With such a phenomenal service there is no reason everyone can’t recycle. The following are some tips that can be used when it comes to recycling:

Aluminum Recycling Tips

  • Prepare aluminum cans for recycling by either crushing the cans to save space or leaving them uncrushed.
  • Cans that are rinsed out will have little or no odor and are less likely to attract bugs.

Cardboard Recycling Tips

  • Prepare cardboard for recycling by removing all other materials in the box such as plastic wrap, polystyrene peanuts and other packing materials.
  • Break down cardboard boxes to save storage space.
  • Try to keep cardboard dry and free from food waste. Cardboard can get wet and still be recycled, but is more difficult to carry due to the added weight of the water.

Glass Recycling Tips

  • Prepare glass containers for recycling by rinsing out with water.
  • Labels on glass containers do not have to be removed because they are removed during the crushing process and/or burned off during the melting process.
  • Avoid breaking the glass and mixing broken colors together as this may make the glass unacceptable for recycling.

Paper Recycling Tips

  • Recyclable paper includes: magazines and catalogs, telephone books, direct mail, brochures, pamphlets and booklets in addition to cereal, cake, chip and cracker boxes.
  • Be sure to remove the liner and all food from the box, flatten the box and place flattened box in a paper sack with your junk mail, mixed paper, magazines and catalogs.
  • Non-recyclable paper includes tissue, waxed and carbon paper.

Plastic Recycling Tips

  • Prepare plastic containers for recycling by ensuring first that they are either:
    #1 (PETE): soda-pop bottles, cooking-oil bottles and peanut-butter jars
    #2 (HDPF): milk, water and juice bottles, bleach and detergent bottles, margarine tubs and some grocery sacks
    #3 (PVC): window cleaner bottles, cooking-oil containers and detergent powder containers
    #4 (LDPE): food packaging, shrink-wrap, carryout bags and heavy-duty bags
    #5 (PP): butter and margarine tubs, yogurt containers, screw-on caps and drinking straws
    #6 (PS): often incorrectly referred to as Foam cups or packing materials, a Dow Chemical brand trademark, the category includes cutlery and plates, foam coffee cups, egg cartons, meat trays and yogurt containers
    #7 (Other): squeezable syrup and condiment bottles and some microwave food trays
    These identification codes are often on the bottom of the plastic container encircled by three chasing arrows.
  • Remove plastic tops from the plastic containers being recycled and rinse containers with water.
  • Crushing containers will help save space while storing them.

Steel Recycling Tips

  • Prepare steel cans for recycling by rinsing them with water to remove any food residue.
  • To save space, remove both ends of the steel can and crush flat.
  • Labels on the steel cans do not have to be removed since they are burned off during the melting process.
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1 Comment on "Tips and Tricks of Recycling"

  1. Sarah Anderson says:

    I didn't know you were supposed to crush a steel can before you recycle it. Usually, I just throw it in the bin as is. I should try and be better about that it seems.

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