What Can Be Recycled?

Check with your city or county. Many municipalities collect the following items for recycling:

  • Paper--newspaper, office paper, cardboard, magazines
    Why recycle paper? If everyone in the US recycled just 1/10th of their newsprint, it would save approximately 25 million trees a year!
  • Aluminum--beverage containers, canned foods containers
    Why recycle aluminum? By recycling one aluminum can, you can save enough energy to run a TV set for 3 hours.
  • Plastics--soda bottles, milk jugs, plastic bags (at grocery stores), detergent containers
    Why recycle plastic? Five recycled plastic bottles makes enough fiberfill to stuff a ski jacket.
  • Glass--green, clear, amber
    Why recycle glass? Glass never wears out. For every ton of glass that is recycled, a ton of resources (sand, soda ash, limestone, and feldspar) is saved.
  • Other metals--steel cans, automobile bodies, appliances
    Why recycle steel? For every ton of steel that is recycled, 2500 pounds of iron ore, 1000 pounds of coal, and 40 pounds of limestone is preserved.
  • Yard trimmings--grass, leaves, clippings all by composting
    Why recycle yard trimmings? Reuse these to mulch your yard!