We’re slowly becoming aware of how important recycling is to our environment. Recycling your old items and waste can conserve energy and natural resources and make the world a much greener place and it starts from your home. It’s great that you’re taking your trash to the recycling center to get it properly disposed but there are certain items in the house that are pretty common but can’t actually be recycled.
Check out our list of common household items that can’t be recycled so that the next time you drive to the recycling center, you know exactly what not to drop off!
Plastic Shopping Bags
These plastic bags are poison to the environment. They can’t be recycled and their incineration produces a lot of harmful gases and chemicals that can damage not only the health of the environment but of humans too. Plastic grocery bags should be dropped off at a local grocery store nearby instead of in the municipal trash bins or the recycling center.
Colored paper of any kind (chart, card, crepe etc.) contains dyes that easily run and can ruin the recycling machinery. Therefore, most recycling centers do not accept colored papers. Reuse the papers of possible instead of throwing them in the bin.
Greasy Pizza Boxes
Any box or material with food sticking on it like pizza boxes cannot be recycled. The grease from these materials can damage recycling machinery so keeping these boxes away from the bin and the recycling center will save time for everyone. Other greasy substances that cannot be recycled include paper plates, plastic coffee cups, used napkins and towels etc.
The newer lights like LEDs and other energy-efficient products can be recycled easily but incandescent light bulbs struggle with the recycling process. Some centers might actually accept these light bulbs but most of them do not.
Styrofoam is found in every home but it’s pretty useless once the package it came in is opened and the item is removed. These foam balls or polystyrene balls are not recyclable but the good news is that some centers do accept Styrofoam now in the United States.
Head on to your nearest recycling center to confirm which household products they accept and which ones they don’t!
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