Posted on March 18, 2021March 18, 2021 by earthlightsts — Leave a commentRecycle Right: 10 Ways to Help Save Our Systems Today marks Global Recycling Day, designed to drive world leaders to work together on recycling as a global issue and ask people across the planet to think resource, not waste, when it comes to the goods around us. Here’s why this is so important in the US:The US recycles less than 22% of its discarded materials.Less than 10% of plastic gets recycled.In 2018, China banned taking a lot of our trash for recycling. Our cities can’t keep up!92% of Americans are unsure about how to recycle right… so we are wishcycling and crippling our own recycling economy.Ultimately, recycling is NOT the answer as we need to change our larger consumption and packaging norms to begin with. However, it’s still important we all do our part to help our local systems with these simple steps.#1 Learn Your City’s RulesIt’s not easy being green, each municipality has its own capabilities… find out!#2 No Bags!Tossing these curbside seriously tangles recycling machines. Find a specific drop-off. (Don’t bag recyclables either.)#3 Small Things = Big ProblemsAnything smaller than a credit cart clogs the machines. Keep bottle caps on, toss straws and plastic dishware.#4 Quick Rinse is GoodYou don’t need to go crazy, but a rinse of sticky residue will ensure it won’t grease up and ruin your other mixed recyclables like papers.#5 Keep Out Food Waste!It contaminates about 25% of our recycling… NO greasy pizza boxes, oily take-out containers or dirty plastics. (ps. These aren’t recycled at restaurants.)#6 Combined Materials = TrashRecycling only works when like materials are together. Ahem, plastic-coated coffee cups! It could help to take tape off cardboard boxes.#7 Know Your Plastics#1 and #2 are generally curbside-recyclable. The rest get harder to recycle and slow our cities down (especially the catch-all #7). Check locally.#8 Beware the BioplasticCompostable and biodegradable labels? Compostable plastics are ONLY SO in industrial facilities! Ask those manufacturers, are these curbside recyclable or backyard compostable? How do I dispose of this responsibly?#9 Find Specialty Recycling OptionsFor things like batteries, tires, electronics, paint cans, toys, clothing, print cartridges, wood, mattresses and more. Keep your own bins for this to create the habit.#10 No Wishcycling… When in doubt, throw it out!NO! Garden hoses and cords, plastic bags, diapers, propane tanks, needles, clothing, Christmas lights, coated paper products, etc. Don’t ruin a lot of other recycling with your good intentions.If you’re anything like us, it hurts to throw things away… Just remember, recycling right can be hard, but it’s important so we don’t do more harm than good with our best intentions. Here are a few other recycling resources you can check out:TERRACYCLE: A business taking all kinds of hard-to-recycle items with programs to get your company involved.Helpsy: The largest clothing collector in the Northeast US, with over 1,800 collection containers and growing.How2Recycle: The How2Recycle label was created to provide consistent and transparent on-package recycling information to consumers in North America.Recycle Across America: Text FIX IT to 40649 to join this 501(c)(3) non-profit’s efforts to providing society-wide solutions that remove public confusion and expedite environmental and economic progress.Earth911: Check out this section for info on how and where to recycle various items in your household and subscribe for more tips.Keep America Beautiful – BeRecycled.org: Get more recycling tips through this campaign to to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities.Another way to help?Buy recycled to drive consumer demand for recycled gear: Made-From-Recycled Gift Box $50.00 – $82.00Select options Recycled Foam Yoga Block – Be Bold Blue $18.00Add to cart Boat Yard Outdoor Recycled Plastic Fedora – Sand $52.00Select options Arroyo Recycled PET Plastic Sunglasses $65.00Select options Recycled Hand & Gym Towel – Southwest White $19.95Add to cart Recycled Plastic Carry Case with Bamboo Utensil Set – Blue $12.99Add to cart Ecotex Recycled Packing Cube 3pc set – Green $34.99Add to cart Camden Recycled Convertible Backpack – Atlantic Blue $99.95Add to cart 100% REPREVE Fabric Denim Daily Tote – Waves $54.00Add to cartSHOP THE MADE-FROM-RECYCLED COLLECTIONShareClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window) Post navigationPrevious post: 10 Tips to Reduce Your Waste This Holiday SeasonNext post: THE MASTER ROADMAP: 8 Steps to Sustainable Travels Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. 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