As a Charleston renter, you may be thinking about what you can do to live more sustainably. For a lot of people, sustainable living starts with recycling plastic, cardboard, or other materials. But what many don’t realize is that not all of these materials can be recycled. Just because an item is made of plastic, glass, metal, or cardboard does not automatically mean that it is recyclable. And placing non-recyclable items into a recycling bin is a big waste of time for you as well as the processing center. Here are a few suggestions that may help you recycle the right way.
To find out which plastic materials are recyclable and which aren’t, experts suggest going by container shape. A typical rule would be that plastic bottles, jugs, jars, and tubs can be recycled. Just really make certain to rinse out and dry each container before placing it in the recycling bin.
However, the list of plastic items that cannot be recycled is a bit long, so it may come as a surprise to you. To cite an example, plastic utensils and straws are not recyclable while plastic food containers and water bottles usually are. Other items that cannot be recycled include Styrofoam, plastic shower curtains, syringes, and medical waste.
Furthermore, plastic shopping bags, shrink wrap, and other sets of plastic wrap should not be placed in your recycling center. The reason behind this is that these items clog up the machines, and they would eventually end up in the landfill. So alternatively, these items are typically recycled separately at drop-off locations in grocery stores. Finally, do not place recycling in bags – the bag can be a problem at the processing center.
Recycling glass can become a bit more complicated than many would assume, mainly because processing centers don’t allow certain types of glass. In certain places, the centers will not allow any glass at all. While others will only accept a certain kind of glass. Make sure to check the rules at your local processing center prior to placing glass items in the trash.
However, there are certain kinds of glass that are just not recyclable at all. Some samples would be windows and mirrors, eyeglasses, vases, oven-safe ceramic cookware or dishes, and fluorescent light tubes. Due to the fact that these items have been treated with coatings or contain hazardous chemicals, they can in no way be safely recycled and should be disposed of through other means.
The same as glass, not all processing centers permit metal for recycling. Generally speaking, if you own metal items that you desire to recycle, you’ll need to look for a place specializing in metal recycling. The majority of regular processing centers will not permit metals like car parts, propane cylinders, aerosol cans, clothes hangers, and so on.
In the same way, old televisions and electronics cannot be easily sent to your local recycling center. The electronic components of these materials can become more complex than most recycling centers can handle. Instead, try to look for a certain local electronics shop that will allow your old electronics. Some companies will allow old electronics, including cell phones and tablets, that are broken or not anymore wanted.
Cardboard, Paper, and Wood
Many kinds of cardboard, paper, and wood can be safely recycled, while others are to be placed in the trash bin instead. Most processing centers are open to receiving newspapers, notebook paper, and magazines. It’s the same for flattened packing boxes, cereal boxes, and food delivery boxes. Untreated wood items are also usually all right, but it depends on what items your local recycling center is willing to take.
Still, it’s vital to note that certain cardboard, paper, and wood types are not recyclable. This includes grease-soaked pizza boxes (a few stains of oil is fine), waxed paper cartons, and treated wood, including painted or stained furniture. Books and certain types of paper are also not recyclable, so it’s essential to separate your paper items carefully before placing them in the trash bin.
By recycling correctly, you are helping your community as a renter. However, if your neighborhood is not going to support your desire for more sustainability, Real Property Management Charleston can help! You can check out our listings online or call at 843-900-4061.
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