To develop efficient and cost effective local recycling, we must all become informed recyclers. An informed recycler knows what materials are acceptable in their “local recycling program”. The ability to secure markets for materials that can be recycled is determined by the market. This market availability is determined by the volume of material collected, the cost of transportation and meeting manufacturer guidelines. Therefore, the amount of participation in our recycling program and an educated recycler contribute to the ability to secure additional markets for materials in our area. Check out our recycling pages to find out How & What to recycle with us!
There is no limit to the items and packaging that can be made from recyclables when we recycle the correct materials.
Do you know your recycling? Get a quick YES or NO on many items we find in our Drop-off Containers with this reference guide
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Reuse – Many items found around the home can be used for different purposes. So before you throw those items away, think about how they can be reused.
- Reuse Bags and twist ties – Carrier bags can be reused in the shops or as bin bags around the house. Paper bags make useful wrapping paper or can be recycled through your local recycling programs. Twist ties can be used to secure loose items together, such as computer wires. NEVER try to recycle your bags in our bins.
- Use Both sides of the paper.
- Envelopes – By sticking labels over the address you can reuse envelopes. Alternatively, old envelopes can be used as scrap paper to make notes and then recycled.
- Jars – By cleaning glass and plastic jars, you can use them as small containers to store odds and ends, also recyclable.
- Newspaper and cardboard – Make useful packing materials when moving or to store items. Please recycle when you no longer have need for it.
- Bubble wrap and styrofoam – Make useful packaging material. These items are non-recyclable locally.
- Old clothes – Donate to Goodwill or other nonprofit charities that accept clothing donations or use for cleaning rags.
- Food Packaging – Such as foil pans and egg cartons can be donated to schools and nurseries, where they can be used for art and craft projects.
- Scrap paper – Can be used to make notes and sketches. Don’t forget to recycle it when you no longer need it.
- Grass Cycling – After mowing your lawn, instead of throwing the grass cuttings away, leave them in your garden. The nutrients from the cuttings go back into the soil and act as a fertilizer.
- Used wood – Can be used in woodcrafts for making objects such as bird houses or compost bin, etc. Alternatively it could be used as firewood.
Reduce – Waste can be reduced by not purchasing over packaged products, composting food waste.
- Don’t over-purchase – Only purchase what you need in paints, chemicals and other items to reduce leftovers.
- Compost – You can build or purchase a compost bin to reduce your waste and reuse many items such as eggshells, old vegetables, used tea bags and yard waste. See our How To Compost page under the Recycling tab.
Recycle – Recycling is the process of re-using a given product (beyond its intended use), or producing a new product from it material.
- Bottles, Jars, Cans and Paper Products – See our complete list of Acceptable Materials and find a Drop-Off site near you.
- Dry Cell Batteries – Can be taken to several local businesses and municipal offices to be recycled through our partnership program. For the list of locations, find the battery link on our Acceptable/Not Acceptable List page.