Hey, MAC,

What items are recyclable and what items are not? I question Styrofoam.

Environmentally Conscious


Dear Conscious:

This is the list we came up with after checking several sources: Paper: Cardboard, office paper including windowed envelopes, color paper, file folders and post-it notes, mail, magazines, mixed paper, newspaper, paper bags, paper cups, phone books & paperback books, shredded paper (in clear plastic bag), wrapping paper (non-metallic), paper cartons. juice boxes, Tetra Paks & aseptic containers, milk cartons, paper or frozen food boxes

Plastic: Bottles (all colors and numbers), food containers and trays, clear or colored plastic milk jugs, dairy tubs, pill bottles (no prescription vials), plastic cups, lids (3 inches or wider), plastic plant pots, plastic buckets, plastic bags (shopping, newspaper and dry-cleaning bags when bagged together), PVC pipe (white only), household rigid plastic items such as furniture, and laundry baskets

Metal: Aluminum cans, aluminum foil & pie tins (clean), tin cans, ferrous scrap metal, other scrap metals (less than 2-feet-by-2 feet-by-2 feet)

Glass: Bottles and jars.

While this list may not be exhaustive, it should get you started. By the way, we are told Styrofoam is not accepted for recycling.

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