What can you recycle? These days, just about anything. The following is an easy list of recycling options to help you get the facts about recycling glass, recycling plastic and recycling electronics, paper, cardboard and auto supplies like tires and car batteries.
Be aware that recycling regulations vary from city to city, so you may want to contact your local waste management service or municipal government to get their requirements on how to recycle in your community. If you're not sure whom to call, check out the helpful recycling listings on Earth911.com.
Recycling symbols can be confusing -- there are dozens of different symbols, some with numbered codes, others with strange acronyms, and still others that don't even look like recycling symbols at all. Get the facts on the most widely used recycling symbols in North America.
Glass recycling turns used glass products back into "new" glass products. By some estimates, recycling glass uses 40% less energy than creating new glass. Recycled glass also creates about 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution. But which glass items can be recycled, and which cannot? Get the facts on glass recycling.
Plastic recycling is, unfortunately, a relatively inefficient process. Though much of our modern world is made up of plastics, not all of them can be recycled, and almost all of them are "downcycled" into lower-quality plastics. Find out what you can do about plastics and plastic recycling.
Aluminum recycling and can recycling is one of the environmental movement's great success stories. In many places, well over 95% of all aluminum is recycled. Aluminum recycling has grown immensely since the widespread introduction of aluminum cans in the 1960s. In 1972, about 24,000 metric tons of aluminum cans were recycled -- by 1998, that amount had increased to over 879,000 metric tons.
More info coming on recycling bins and recycling containers.
Here's some good news: Christmas tree recycling has become much easier in recent years, and there are now more smart, green ways to dispose of your Christmas tree. If you can't reuse it on your property, chances are your local community has a program for curbside pickup or a drop-off location -- find it here.