11 Things You Didn’t Know About Recycling (But Should!)
Recycling is important to reduce the need for virgin materials. It can also be complicated and confusing. Find out things you didn't know about recycling to make the process easier, and to help the planet.
Crush Plastic Bottles
Recycling Saves Energy
Don't be a Wishful Recycler
Plastic Bags are Recyclable Just Don’t Put Them in the Bin
Bring Plastic Bags to the Grocery Store
Recycling Movement Wasn’t Created to Reduce Waste Necessarily
Clamshell Packaging is not Recyclable
Plastic Forks, Spoons and Knives are Not Recyclable
Keep the Caps on
Glass is Goofy
Some places like Santa Fe have stopped picking up glass at the curb because it’s still cheaper just to make new glass from sand. But recycling glass is still more energy efficient. According to a Marketplace article, it takes 30 percent less energy and creates 50 percent less pollution to use recycled glass to make new glass than does making new glass from scratch. Also, using recycled glass for new glass products requires less energy because the recycled glass melts at a lower temperature.