This article originally appeared on the Springs "You're Home Blog."
The volume of information and facts about recycling can feel overwhelming—particularly as recycling methods have become more sophisticated and technology continues to make recycling more items possible. Here's a look at some of the changes in recyclable products as well as what items should still be kept out of the bins.
You probably already recycle aluminum cans, but you may be wondering about aluminum foil. While it is recyclable, used foil often isn’t accepted by recycling centers as food particles attached to it can contaminate an entire load.
- Plastic is still a ubiquitous material that holds many everyday products. Thanks to an increase in offshore demand, recycling facilities are now accepting plastic bottles, tubs and jars labeled #1 through #7
- Plastic grocery bags continue to be an exception, so many grocery stores have a collection program. If yours doesn't, why not talk to them about starting one?
- In the past, caps had to be removed from plastic bottles, but the recycling industry is now able to process both
So you're sporting the latest Michael Jordan kicks, but your old pair is too worn out for even a resale shop. Nike's Reuse A Shoe program recycles worn athletic shoes into new footwear and athletic surfaces such as tennis courts and running tracks. Visit their website for more information.
While glass is recyclable, brown (amber) and green (emerald) glass can be used only to make bottles of the same color. Avoid recycling broken glass, as people at the facility could become injured trying to sort out the colors.
Traditional incandescent light bulbs are being phased out due to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. As you replace light bulbs in your Springs Apartments home with more efficient models such as CFLs and LEDs, place the non-recyclable incandescent bulbs in the trash. The new fluorescents contain potentially harmful mercury, so they should be taken directly to a recycling facility.
Computers, cell phones, TVs and other high-tech electronics should never go in the trash. Most of these items are nearly 100 percent recyclable, so many computer stores, as well as national retailers like Best Buy, offer e-recycling. You can also check with your municipality for local drop-off locations.
Our Springs team fully supports recycling initiatives, and we encourage our residents to practice eco-friendly living. Stop in and talk to a member of our management team if you have any questions or suggestions.