The following items should not be thrown away in your curbside recycling bin: 1 waste of food Two Appliances 3 glasses of water 4 recyclables in bags Dangerous substances 6 objects that entangle 7 hefty plastic **Bag filters should not be placed in your curbside recycling bin. They can clog up the machinery used to sort the material and cause it to break down faster than normal, which could lead to hazardous conditions on site.
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Clothes hangers, shopping bags, and toys are not usually recyclable in your curbside container. Other non-recyclable items include Styrofoam, bubble wrap, crockery, and computer wires. Look for recycling facilities in your region that may be able to recycle the things listed below. Some regions have separate recycling programs for different materials while others don't.
Even though they can't be recycled in your area, still try to reduce the amount of material you use by using only what you need instead of keeping old food or clothes around for future use. This will help stop waste from accumulating in our environment.
Plastic bottles, jugs, and containers; paper; cardboard; milk and juice containers and drink cartons; and aluminum and metal cans are all recyclable. Food and beverage containers must be rinsed before being disposed of. Scrap metal, appliances, and tires can also be recycled by depositing them outside your recycling container at the curb.
Items that cannot be placed in your regular trash can be placed in a designated recycling bin. These include: electronic products (such as computers, printers, cell phones, and televisions); housewares (such as dishes, pots, and pans); and construction material (such as wood, concrete, and asphalt).
In some areas, you can drop off household hazardous waste at any location that accepts regular garbage. In other words, you can recycle anything that would not cause an emergency when it goes into your normal trash can. Examples include unused medications, old batteries, and paint products.
Some communities have special recycling locations for certain materials. Check with your local government to find out where these facilities are located so you don't have to sort through hundreds of pounds of material to find the recyclables.
Also see our section on How To Reduce Your Electronics Burden.
To assist you, we've compiled a list of 8 items you should never put in your home recycling bin.
Please do not recycle this stuff in your regular recycling container! Bring your plastic bags, wraps, and film to a grocery shop or other merchant that recycles this material. They will take it at no charge.
Plastic food packaging such as BAGS, wrappers, and containers can all be placed in your regular trash can. These items should not be placed in your recycling bin. Recycling facilities will only recycle certain materials: glass, metal, paper, and organic waste.
Plastic food packaging contains chemicals known as phthalates that can leach into the soil if it comes in contact with moisture. These chemicals have been linked to reproductive problems for humans and animals. There are also mineral oils in some plastics that can cause respiratory issues when they come in contact with heat or smoke. These oils may evaporate over time but could still be present in recycled product. There is also some evidence that points to PVC plastic being toxic to humans.
When throwing out plastic food packaging, don't throw it in the trash can either - put it in your regular garbage instead. This will prevent any possible contamination of your local recycling system.
A. The Curbside Recycling Program takes newspapers, magazines, color ad inserts, office paper, mail, phone books, tin, aluminum, empty aerosol cans, plastic bottles and jugs (labeled with a # 1–# 5 and # 7 recycling symbol). You can put recyclable materials in the same container or cart. Only solid waste is allowed in the curb-side recycling bins. Remember, do not put any items that cannot be recycled into the bin!
Houston has more than 300 collection trucks that travel the city picking up recycling from neighborhoods. Each week they visit every address within the city limits at least once, and sometimes several times.
The collection schedule varies by neighborhood but generally follows a regular pattern: first on Monday, then again on Thursday; sometimes also on Tuesday and Friday. Sometimes different days are selected instead. If your address is within the service area of a particular truck you will receive a notification letter about what day it will come to collect recycling from your location. If you know your address is not served by the truck responsible for collecting recycling from your neighbor's house then you will never receive a notification letter.
Curbside recycling helps reduce the amount of material entering our landfills by creating new products that are still useful after being recycled multiple times. Also, recycling conserves energy - and saves money - because it is using less-efficient transportation modes to move things from one place to another.
Take recyclables such as glass, plastics, and paper to a recycling center in your area. If your community provides a recycling pickup service, place your recyclables in plastic containers in front of your house. Don't use plastic rubbish bags since they add to the waste. Instead, use newspaper or cardboard boxes.
If you don't have access to a recycling program, put used disposals in a landfill at a site that accepts solid waste. Do not pour liquid from the disposal into drains since it may clog them.
Disposing of a working disposal can be dangerous if you don't know what you're doing. Call a professional to remove and dispose of it for you.