As Florida residents, we all have an opportunity to contribute to a growing recycling success story, by recycling often and recycling right. This helps preserve valuable landfill space and saving precious natural resources, like trees and energy. Here in our state, forward thinking companies like Waste Management are introducing and expanding single-stream recycling programs for both residential and commercial customers. That commitment is helping county and municipal customers improve their recycling rate to meet the state-wide goal of 75% recycling by 2020.
Recycling is great for the environment, but it's important to recycle right. Take a look at my neighbor down the street. We call him "Contamo King" because he puts so many contaminants and non-recyclables into his recycling cart. That negates all of the good work we do to recycle right.
Non-recyclables contamination slows down the recycling process, increases the cost of recycling, and decreases the value of the end product, and that's bad news for everyone. So to recycle right, whether you're using a cart or bin, do not place the following in your recycle container: plastic bags of any kind, including grocery and dry-cleaning bags, and do not place your recyclables in plastic bags; polystyrene and foam containers; food or yard waste; hoses, extension cords, and hangers; electronic waste including cell phones, computer parts, batteries, and small appliances; automotive parts such as disc pads, tire rims, and car batteries; motor oil, paint, hazardous chemicals, or propane tanks; food-soiled cardboard, hot and cold beverage cups, paper plates, towels and tissues; dishes, cooking utensils, pots and pans, coffee mugs or ceramic pots; and no liquids of any kind. And please, do not be a "Contamo King." Do not use your recycle container for extra garbage space.
Remember, it's easy to recycle right, especially with single-stream recycling, where all recyclables go into one cart or bin -- no separating required. Here's what you can recycle: paper, including newspapers, junk mail, magazines, office paper, and phone books; paperboard, such as cereal, pasta and tissue boxes, and small flattened cardboard; plastic bottles and containers including water and drink bottles, milk jugs, detergent and shampoo bottles (remember to empty and rinse, please); aluminum cans, and steel and tin cans; and glass bottles and jars.
Companies like Waste Management are working in partnership with counties, cities, businesses, and communities in our area to make recycling easier and more cost-effective, and each of us can step up too, to make it happen. Together, let's all recycle often and recycle right! To learn more, visit https://www.wm.com