National Crush a Can Day- September 27th

 National Crush a Can day has us pondering the concept of recycling. We all try to make sure our recyclables are ending up in the recycling bin or at the proper facilities but plastic waste is still a huge issue in the U.S. The U.S. recycling rate is 34.5%, which is a staggeringly low rate considering 80% of the items that end up in landfills could have been recycled (Rubicon Global). Not to mention, the EPA estimates 10.5 million tons of textiles ended up in landfills and 3.1 million tons were combusted.
 
Deciding what can be tossed in the blue bin can get confusing, but we’ve made it easy(er) with a recycling guide.
 
  1. Aluminum/ metal- Crush that can and put it in the recycling bin. Steel, aluminum, tin, and bi-metal are all acceptable recyclables.
 
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  1. Plastic- Take a look at the bottom of any plastics you own. If there is a #1-7 on the bottom, it can be recycled! This includes shampoo bottles, water bottles (may we suggest getting a reusable bottle), and milk jugs to name a few.
 
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  1. Paper- paper is a leading contributor to waste per year. The good news? You can recycle old newspapers, magazines, mail, and loose pieces of paper.
 
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  1. Cardboard- Cardboard is a go to recycle, as long as it isn’t covered in last nights leftovers. Boxes, poster board, and beverage cartons are perfectly fine to place into the blue bin (Just make sure to rinse out any excess liquid first).

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  1. Glass- Clear and colored glass can both be recycled. Different areas vary on whether glass is recyclable so make sure to check your municipality online first.

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  1. Clothing- Have some clothes that don’t fit or that aren’t your taste anymore? Donate them to facilities like Goodwill or sell them at stores like Buffalo Exchange. It could become someone’s new favorite outfit and won’t end up in a landfill.

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