Exciting Recycling!

Is this water bottle recyclable? Do I need to wash out this can before I put it in the bin? What about my old computer or VCR – is THAT recyclable?


Let’s face it, friends: recycling can be very confusing.

No matter how good our intentions may be, it’s challenging to figure out exactly what items are and are not “okay” to place in that bin. Especially since the rules change in every single city!

To make things easier, we wanted to highlight some very important changes to Greensboro’s recycling program that are estimated to reduce local waste by more than 10,000 tons each year (for more information, click here).

As of January 1st, 2013, we can now recycle the following new items in Greensboro:

– Milk and Juice Cartons

– Pizza Boxes

–  ALL Plastics #1 – #7

WOW, Greensboro! This is a huge change in policy, and we are so excited about the “green” shift that it represents in our city.

Just as a refresher, here are the other  items that are recyclable locally:

– Aluminum, Cans Only (NO tin foil, tin pans, etc.)

– Steel Cans (with lids removed so that they don’t harm recycling center employees!)

– Empty Aerosol Cans

-Dry, Clean Newspapers, Magazines, Junk Mail, Catalogs, Office Paper, and School Paper

– Unwaxed, Uncoated Cardboard

– Glass Food and Beverage Containers (NO vases, dishes, or mirrors)

– Rigid Plastics, including pet carriers, milk crates, and buckets

– Pots & Pans, Made of ANY Metal

Curious about what ‘s NOT recyclable?

The City of Greensboro specifically mentions these items as ineligible for the recycling program: baby diapers, car parts, styrofoam or packing peanuts, clothes and shoes, tires, yard waste, and food items. They also mention hazardous materials and electronic waste, which should both be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center at 2750 Patterson Street.

….. Wow, that’s a lot of information!

Just take a deep breath, and remember the power that you truly have in this situation: every single recycled item represents one less item that will sit in a  landfill, and YOU are the deciding factor.

That…..  and it might also be a good idea to write a list of “okay” recycling items to place above the bin, just in case.

Hip hip hooray for recycling!



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