Do your part and only put the right stuff in the recycle cart!
Let’s celebrate America Recycles Day by committing to reducing waste, recycling right and buying green.
Loosely putting clean and accepted recyclables into your curbside cart makes you an active participant in an environmental give-back program. When the items you recycle are picked up by Waste Management, they are literally on-the-road to their next life. This America Recycles Day, take the time to review your community’s list of accepted recyclables to confirm you are recycling right. Farmington residents can check HERE. And as you commence your holiday shopping, make a genuine effort to buy products made with recycled materials.
Did you Know?
- Every ton of paper recycled saves more than 7,000 gallons of water.
- Recycling a steel can saves 75 percent of the energy used to produce it from raw materials.
- Recycle an aluminum drink can today and it will be back on the shelf as a new can in 60 days.
- Recycling ten plastic bottles is enough to make a T-shirt.
You recycled 123 tons of cans, bottles, paper and cardboard in October. Great job! See how many resources you helped save by recycling those materials.
Closing the Loop on Recycling
One important way to fully support recycling is to buy products made from recycled (PCR) materials. Read product labels and watch for the “Made from Recycled Materials” tag. You can find these products in mainstream stores, specialty boutiques, craft fairs and online. Putting your buying power behind products that embrace recycling helps create demand for these green-minded products and keeps the cycle strong.
Keep in mind: At least 30% of all the trash we produce is recyclable. We can each make a big difference by recycling clean metal cans, paper, cardboard and household plastics shaped like bottles, jugs and tubs. Keeping trash and plastic bags out of your recycling cart helps keep the recycling stream clean.
For more information about recycling, click HERE.
To find a drop-off location for plastic bags and film packaging, click HERE.