Recycling can be confusing, but trust us, there are many good reasons why certain items are recyclable and others aren't. Click the question below to see the answer.
Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products. Recycling can benefit your community, the economy and the environment.
EPA data show that recycling conserves energy and natural resources.

For example:
Recycling one ton of office paper can save the energy equivalent of consuming 322 gallons of gasoline. Recycling just one ton of aluminum cans conserves more than 152 million Btu, the equivalent of 1,024 gallons of gasoline or 21 barrels of oil consumed.

Plastic bottles are the most recycled plastic product in the United States as of 2015, according to our most recent report. Recycling just 10 plastic bottles saves enough energy to power a laptop for more than 25 hours.
Aerosol Cans
Automotive Fluids
Chemicals and Hazardous Waste
Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Paints and Solvents
Paper Towels, used or unused
Pottery and Ceramics
Tissue and Toilet Paper
Glass and Incandecent Light Bulbs
Garden hoses
Sewing needles
Bowling balls
Food or food-soiled paper
Propane tanks or cylinders

Cardboard (Including Corrugated) Lincoln Municipal Code 8.32.040*
Food boxes
Beverage cans
Food cans
Plastic bottles and caps
Plastic and metal containers hold all sorts of edible and inedible materials that can leave all sorts of gunk inside afterward. A quick rinse is nice for many things, but don't worry about getting your containers sparkling clean. The main concern is actually the paper in your bin, which food and moisture can ruin.
No, although sometimes it's better to take the top off, especially if the top is made from a different material than the jar (e.g. metal tops on a jar). For smaller plastic bottles and their tiny caps, it doesn't make much of a difference, even if they're a different color or plastic type.
Depending on where you live, your recyclables may follow different routes, but they always end up at a MRF (we call them Murfs, like a smurf without an "S"). A MRF, or Materials Recovery Facility, employs people and machinery to separate the different materials from one another.

After being separated, the materials are bailed together and sold on the open market. Manufacturers use these recyclables as raw materials to make new goods.
Product Stewardship, also known as Extended Product Responsibility or Manufacturer Responsibility, is becoming a popular tool to use to reduce landfill waste by designing products with the end in mind.

Product stewardship is a product-centered approach to environmental protection. It calls on those in the product life cycle--manufacturers, retailers, users, and disposers--to share responsibility for reducing the environmental impacts of products. Product stewardship recognizes that product manufacturers can and must take on new responsibilities to reduce the environmental footprint of their products.

The product stewardship approach provides incentives to manufacturers to consider the entire lifecycle impact of a product and its packaging - energy and materials consumption, air and water emissions, the amount of toxics in the product, worker safety, and waste disposal - in product design, and to take increasing responsibility for the end-of-life management of the products they produce.

The objective of product stewardship is to encourage manufacturers to redesign products with fewer toxics, and to make them more durable, reusable, and recyclable, and with recycled materials. The challenge of product stewardship is to move beyond disposal to facilitate a paradigm shift toward "zero waste" and “sustainable production."
Product Stewardship principles are being used in electronics, carpet, gas cylinders, mercury products, paint, pesticides, and tires, and are also being considered for expansion into everyday common objects.
Packaging volume is about 30% by volume or about 50% by weight.
Every 30-40 days we discard our own weight in packaging!
In 2014, Americans generated about 258 million tons of trash and recycled 66.4 million tons and composted 23 million tons of this material, equivalent to a 34.6 percent recycling rate. On average, we recycled and composted 1.51 pounds of our individual waste generation of 4.44 pounds per person per day.

The state of the economy has a strong impact on consumption and waste generation. Waste generation increases during times of strong economic growth and decreases during times of economic decline.
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