The Top 4 Most Important Waste Items to Recycle

We all know that recycling is important. But, there are a few items that are a bit more important to recycle than others. So, make the extra effort and be sure that you are recycling these items:

1. Aluminum Cans

Aluminum cans are easy to recycle and doing so makes a big impact. These commonly found cans are 100 percent recyclable. When you recycle aluminum cans, much less energy is required to get them out on the shelves again. Up to 95% of the energy used to make aluminum cans is saved when recycled cans are used. In California, these cans are CRV items, meaning you can earn compensation for turning them in for recycling. That’s an added bonus!

2. PET Plastic

Plastic bottles like water bottles, soda bottles and juice bottles are typically made with PET plastic. Unfortunately, plenty of these bottles end up in landfills. If they were recycled, they’d reduce the energy requirements of making new bottles by two thirds. This not only reduces plastic waste that takes an extremely long time to decompose, but also the carbon footprint created during production.

3. Paper Products

The EPA reports that one third of municipal waste is made up of paper. So, set up a paper recycling bin at home and drop your newspapers and other forms of old paper into it, then take it in for recycling. You can also keep corrugated cardboard in a separate pile. These items would otherwise end up in a landfill. By sending it to the recycling instead, we save precious resources.

4. Steel

Reduce the need to mine for iron ore by recycling scrap steel and your steel cans. Mining is a very resource intensive process, not to mention that the digging can often disrupt natural habitats and landscapes. So, everything we can do to increase the recycling of this important metal is helpful. You’ll find steel cans are what your canned food usually comes in. Also known as tin cans, you’ll find steel cans in your pantry in the form of canned soup, tomato paste, canned tomatoes, and more.

Ready to work on recycling more? Put some bins throughout the house for varied recyclable items. Then, consolidate once a week or once a month depending on how much you accumulate, and take them to a certified recycling center. If you don’t produce a lot of recycling, consider speaking with your neighbors and friends. You can organize a periodic joint recycling drop-off and take turns being in charge of dropping it off. Recycling programs are also available in many communities, meaning that all you need to do is put your recycling box out on the curb.

For the returns it offers our environment and future generations, the effort recycling requires is quite minimal. Start recycling these items today!

Not sure where to recycle? Find an Ecology Recycling and Transportation Services recycling center near you. Our services will help make recycling as convenient for you as possible. Contact us for more information.