Recycling makes $ and sense
Plastics recycling is easy and makes sense, it’s keeping lots of non-degradable bulk out of landfills and you would be surprised to find out what your recycled plastic gets transformed into- everything from toothbrushes to Polarfleece! Recycling your plastics will reduce the amount of crude oil consumed, emissions, energy consumption, landfills, pollution in our oceans-waterways and roadsides, and will overall benefit you, your pocketbook and future generations.
Plastics come in many forms and resins and sometimes consist of laminated layers of different kinds of plastics. Most plastics can be recycled; look for recycling logo’s #1 through 7. Some items may not contain a logo, but are still recyclable. When in doubt, recycle it.
Here are a few common items that absolutely CAN be recycled:
Water bottles (clear and translucent)
Soda, juice, salad dressing bottles
Margarine, cottage cheese, yogurt tubs/cups
Frozen microwaveable dinner trays, roasted chicken containers, cookie/party trays/lids
Deli salad containers
Food storage, Tupperware containers
Coffee creamer, milk bottles
Shampoo/conditioner/face wash/deodorant/lotion/soap bottles/make-up/cosmetic trays and containers
Razors (disposable and reg.)
Laundry detergent/softener/bleach bottles, cleaning product containers, including spray bottles
Plastic dinner plates, cups, utensils
Plastic chip bags, pet food pouches with foil liners (put in with co-mingled)
Styrofoam meat trays (rinsed) and coffee cups (check for logo)
Coffee cup lids
What about all those plastic bags? Everything from shopping bags, produce and food to water softener salt bags unnecessarily end up in the garbage and create a lot of non-degradable bulk in the waste stream. The local food stores in town provide convenient plastic bag recycling bins, so next time you go food shopping, don’t forget to bring all your plastic bags (this includes paper towel/toilet paper etc. plastic wrapping). Remove any food waste from bags.
A shout out to:
Mark Fredericks for repairing the entry sign on the Jefferson/West Milford border.
The numbers are in for 2012 on metal recyclables. West Milford received a total of $70,830.12 in revenue. If all that metal went into the garbage, it would have cost taxpayers $5,976 to dispose of it.
Did you know...
It takes half a cup of crude oil and three times more water than the bottle size to make one plastic water bottle?
This recycling column is courtesy of the West Milford Beautification and Recycling Task Force Committee. If you have any questions about recycling, call 973-728-2724 or go to the Recycle Center at 30 Lycosky Drive, West Milford.
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