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How to Know Which Materials You Can Recycle

Here are some ways to know what can be recycled in your area.

Recycling has become more of an urgent need for everyone. When buying anything from a new home to a can of vegetables, we should be more responsible in choosing products and packaging that can be recycled. This reduces overall manufacturing and production costs, while more importantly also reusing various materials to keep from further despoiling and destroying our planet. Most communities offer various recycling options to help you become familiar with what can be recycled versus what needs to go with waste disposal. Here are some ways to know what can be recycled in your area.

Recycle Purchase Companies

Many companies will buy used rubber, metals, aluminum, and paper products, to name a few. Look for them online in your area to find out which products they are buying. You can then load up the car and get your materials weighed to receive payment. There is often more than one type of recycling company, and prices may be slightly competitive, so check before selling.

Scheduled Recycling Pickup

Some organizations will pick up recycled items that are donated. Good Neighbors and Salvation Army along with a popular veterans’ organization have been known to do this. Check your town’s online listings to see if they can do so, especially for larger items like old machinery or equipment. In addition, domestic items like clothing, cookware, and furniture may also be donated to some of these companies. A complete list can be found online, or you can call and ask over the phone.

Dumpster Rental Services

Renting a dumpster is a great idea for those with large amounts of recyclable goods. For example, if you have recently built a home or have completed renovations, you may have leftover wood, scrap metal, and other supplies and materials that could be recycled. Check out various skip bins and their rental programs in your area to see if they list specifically what they will accept. Some will let you throw everything into a dumpster and sort it for you when the dumpster is returned. Other companies want to receive only certain types of items.

Community Service Programs

Community public facilities and services often host recycling programs. Schools, churches, and even shopping plazas provide large bins to receive different types of recyclable items, including clothes, books, toys, etc.

Typically, none of the recycling options will accept things like paint, varnish, cleaning products, etc. Those must be disposed of according to community standards. Call the local health department or county trash service for guidelines.

Rachelle Wilber, the author of this post, is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Rachelle knows how useful skip bins can be when recycling. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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