Have you been tossing old Styrofoam coffee cups, egg cartons, takeout containers and packing peanuts into the recycling bin?
It’s a common recycling mistake.
While items such as Styrofoam, shredded paper, pizza boxes, plastic grocery bags, household glass and more are recyclable, they cannot be recycled at your curb.
That’s because they require highly specialized equipment that single stream recycling facilities are not equipped with.
Some restaurants accept their own Styrofoam cups for recycling, but it’s unlikely many people take advantage of the opportunity.
That means items made of Styrofoam, the trademark for a chemical compound called polystyrene, often end up in the landfill. And because it is slow to break down, Styrofoam sits there for years just taking up valuable landfill space.
Consumers can help stop the buildup by opting to purchase products with minimal packaging, or choosing to use biodegradable dinnerware over Styrofoam.
While the shift toward single stream recycling, which means all items in one bin or container, makes recycling easy, it also means people mix in items that cannot be recycled, such as those Styrofoam cups, takeout containers, and packaging, with those that can. And when that happens, environmental service providers such as Advanced Disposal, as well as local governments, have to spend millions of dollars each year removing those items (also called contaminants) that shouldn’t be in the recycling stream.
So while recycling is important, recycling right is just as critical. Join the movement for a cleaner, green tomorrow by making the right decisions today. No one appreciates your efforts to recycle more than Mother Earth.
Advanced Disposal : 630.587.8282: www.advanceddisposal.com