The U.S. curbside recycling program is now more than 30 years old. It has been a vital and consistent source of raw materials to manufacturers worldwide.
It provides millions of Americans with the opportunity to participate actively in the protection of the environment and climate change mitigation.
What Can Be Recycled Curbside?
Most items, even the complicated ones, contain plastic, metal, paper, or glass – all of which can be recycled.
Although it may be easy to just toss items in the garbage, it’s worth it to our planet to give your old items new life.
These are the most common items that can be recycled through the curbside recycling program.
- Plastic products
- Mixed papers
- Metal containers (e.g. tin, aluminum and steel)
What Can’t Be Recycled Curbside?
These are the most items that can’t be recycled in the curbside recycling program.
- Anything with food on it (e.g. oil-soaked pizza box)
- Used paper towels, tissues and diapers
- Broken ceramic, lightbulbs, and mirrors
- Electronic waste (e-waste)
- Construction and demolition debris
Some curbside programs are offering organic waste removal, where paper materials with food residue can be recycled along with all other food waste.
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