Recycling Tip for Better Results: General Trash Items

Some of the items we purchase are unfortunately destined for the landfill simply because there is no ability or option to recycle, reuse, or repurpose that item for various reasons- often due to what material(s) it is made from. Practicing a lifestyle in which you put “reduction” first will allow you to minimize the items you have to worry about disposing of in the first place!

A good waste mantra to follow is “when in doubt, throw it out.” If you don’t believe it’s recyclable based on the Ann Arbor guidelines, you should put the item into the trash cart.

Common trash items we see making their way into the recycling stream include dirty diapers, black bags full of unknown items, chip bags, granola bar wrappers, coffee cups, gum, etc.

Why can’t I put trash items into the recycling bin?

If I can’t put it into the recycling bin, where can it go?

Stay tuned for May’s “Recycling Tip for Better Results”- Wood (pallets and pieces)

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