So what exactly can be placed in curbside recycling bins? Do you know what can be placed at your curb on recycling day?
Many folks do not. To address this, the National Waste & Recycling Association, in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Solid Waste Association of North America, has developed a graphic of the “Top Ten in the Bin” to educate recyclers. These are items most commonly accepted at recycling facilities and this is all part of a campaign titled, “Begin with the Bin.”
The ten items listed are cardboard, paper, food boxes, mail, beverage cans, food cans, glass bottles, jars (glass and plastic), jugs, and plastic bottles and caps. The infographic also mentions that plastic bags and plastic wraps, electronics, and textiles, while also commonly recycled, should not be placed in curbside bins. The idea behind this education effort is to prevent “wishful recycling” which causes materials not locally recycled to end up contaminating the materials collected.
Several smaller images suitable for sharing via social media are available for the items and a version of one is pictured here. The aim of the campaign is to remind consumers to “know before you throw” and only place items in the bin that belong there. The website also includes helpful information such as “Myths about recycling” and “What shouldn’t go in the recycling bin?”
Image credit: The National Waste & Recycling Association.