Why is it necessary to sort paper products?
Sorting paper products in to the three types of categories cardboard, mixed paper, and
newspapers, magazines and catalogs allows for quick processing and keeps contaminates at a
minimum. Paper products with even a small amount of contaminates can ruin the entire
manufacturing process. HOW TO SORT YOUR PAPER PRODUCTS CARDBOARD MIXED PAPER NEWSPAPER,
Includes corrugated, cereal
Includes phone books, MAGAZINES &
boxes, shoeboxes, egg
envelopes, colored paper, CATALOGS
cartons, and any type of
white paper, and junk mail
brown paper or sacks PLEASE REMEMBER CLEAN PAPER PRODUCTS ONLY PAPER PRODUCTS THAT CAN’T BE RECYCLED
Paper with any sort of food contamination, waxed paper, waxed cardboard milk or juice
containers, oil soaked paper, carbon paper, sanitary products or tissues, thermal fax paper, or
plastic laminated paper such as fast food wrappers, juice boxes, and pet food bags can not be
ALUMINUM BEVERAGE CANS WHY SHOULD I RECYCLE ALUMINUM BEVERAGE CANS?
• Aluminum has a high market value and continues to provide needed funds for the
Solid Waste Division.
• Recycling Aluminum is easy – just rinse and store until you can take it to your local
• Recycling aluminum conserves natural resources – every pound of recycled aluminum
saves four pounds of ore.
• Aluminum will stay in our landfills for 200 or more years.
• An aluminum can recycled today will be back on your grocer’s shelf in about 60 days.
STEEL (TIN) CANS
RECYCLING TIN CANS IS EASY; ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS RINSE THEM OUT
AND THEY ARE READY FOR THE RECYCLING BIN. WHY SHOULD I RECYCLE TIN CANS?
Steel can be recycled again and again without losing any of its strength or quality
in the recycling process.
It takes approximately 75% less energy to make steel from recycled products than
it does from iron ore.
Recycled steel cans may be used in new cars, girders for buildings, or new food
Recycling tin cans is easy – just rinse and store until you can take it to your local
transfer station. PLASTIC PRODUCTS PLASTIC BOTTLES
Plastic containers that have a smaller top than bottom PLASTIC MILK JUGS WHY SHOULD I RECYCLE PLASTIC BOTTLES AND MILK JUGS?
Plastic takes over 500 years to decompose
Recycling on ton of plastics saves approximately 7.4 cubic yards of landfill
If every household in America recycled one out of ten plastic bottles used,
it would keep over 200 million pounds of plastic out of landfills.
Recycling plastic bottles is easy.
• Smash (to save space at your home and recycling center)
• Haul to your nearest recycling center CAN I RECYCLE MY ANTIFREEZE, HERBICIDE/PESTICIDE, SOLVENT, OR OIL CONTAINERS?
No, Leftover residues from these bottles and containers can
create a hazard for workers, a possible fire hazard, and
contaminate the recycling process. WHY CAN’T I RECYCLE MY YOGURT CUP AND OTHER PLASTIC CONTAINERS?
Many types of plastic containers such as yogurt cups, take-out
food containers, and wide-mouth bottles are not recyclable.
These type of containers, even though they have a number
embossed on the bottom of the container, contain additives such
as different dyes, plasticizers, UV inhibitors, softeners, and other
chemicals required to shape the container. These additives are
incompatible with the plastic used to make milk jugs and plastic
To make plastic bottle recycling a success, please ensure
that you only recycle plastic bottles in the plastic bottle
recycling bin. All other type of plastic or other materials
contaminate the rest of the collection and cause the entire
collection to be disposed of in the landfill.
. GLASS BOTTLES & JARS ARE ALL GLASS PRODUCTS RECYCLABLE?
No, following is a list of glass products that will contaminate
recyclable glass and may damage processing equipment.
• Ceramics (i.e. dishes, ovenware, cups,
drinking glasses, etc.)
• Windshields & Window glass
• Pyrex & Visionware
• Light bulbs
• Lead-based glass (i.e. crystal, TV tubes
Just remember if it is not a glass bottle or jar it is not recyclable. WHY DO I NEED TO SORT MY GLASS BY COLOR?
Glass manufacturers add a color agent to the process to make
colored glass. The color agent becomes a permanent component
of the glass product. In order to ensure color consistency of the
new container made from recycled glass, sorting the glass by
color is critical in the recycling process of glass. If a brown bottle
accidentally ends up in the wrong recycle bin, the entire batch
becomes contaminated and ends up in the landfill. SOME GREEN BOTTLES LOOK LIKE CLEAR GLASS. TO BETTER IDENTIFY CHECK THE BOTTOM SEAM IF IT HAS A GREENISH HUE, IT’S GREEN GLASS.