It can be reused over and over as a packaging medium. So there’s no reason to throw away a useful material and let it rot in the landfills.
Cardboards don’t need to be sorted into types, but they do need to be sorted into sets. Depending on your recycle centre, they might want you to give them the boxes in sets of five or 10.
Many recycling facilities collect food cans of all shapes and sizes. Sorting the cans out aren’t required, but the food labels do need to be removed. The cans also need to be washed and dried before giving it to the recyclers.
Another item that should be recycled more often. Soda cans can really fill up a landfill and they take many years before they begin to rust.
Tin cans are widely appreciated at recycling depots and the recycling process is easy. Tin cans shouldn’t be mixed in with food cans, as they are from different metal groups. A quick rinse is all that is needed before giving them away.
Many people at craft markets make various items from soda cans. Some of the designs are very beautiful e.g. briefcases and album racks. Try doing some tin can arts and crafts instead of throwing it in the dumpster.
Copper is a valuable metal, not in terms of monetary value, but because so many miscellaneous item need it. Door handles, electric cables, jewellery, etc.
Copper and all its alloys are very recyclable and it’s inexpensive too.
All you need to do is find out if your local recycler accepts copper. If not, Thrift stores and pawn shops welcome all kinds of copper and brass knick knacks and bracelets.
Plastic can take generations to biodegrade, and some of them don’t degrade at all, so recycling plastic is essential. Not all plastics can be recycled, so it’s vital to know what can and can’t be recycled. Knowing the differences can help you avoid buying plastics that cannot be recycled.
The best recycling plastics are resin numbers 1 and 2. Those include plastic cool drink bottles, milk bottles, reusable shopping bags and plastic playground equipment.
You will need to separate the plastics according to their resin codes. You also need to remove the bottles caps, as it’s usually a different plastic compound than the bottles. They should also be rinsed out, to avoid contamination.
Most, if not all recyclers accept plastic bottles. Many schools also have a recycling programme. Ask your nearby school if they have one and you are welcomed to drop-off your recyclables.