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Back to School Recycling 2013

For some of you, it may be hard to believe, but it is time to start thinking about going back to school. With the school year fast approaching, it is time to start preparing for classes for yourself or your children. What better way to prepare than getting green with your school shopping list. We can help you prepare for the school way in a self-sustainable way by helping you pick out items that are recyclable and purchasing items that can be reused.

It is important to remember that there is a great amount of items that are used during the school year that are recyclable. Many school supplies that you may not think of being recyclable can be tossed in your recycling bin on your collection day. Below is a small list of some of the items that you should consider recycling:

– Paper bags

– Syllabus / Copy Paper

– Coloring Books

– Packaging that breakfast bars come in (boxes)

– Packaging that lunchables come in (boxes)

– Pizza boxes

– Peanut butter jars

– Jelly jars

– Animal cracker containers

– Vitamin bottles

All of these items can be tossed in your recycling bin as long as they are free of all contaminants. For items such as the peanut butter and jelly jars, try rinsing these items out to get rid of any excess residue left behind. To save space in your recycling bin, consider breaking down boxes and crushing plastic containers. This will allow you to recycle more.

What other efforts can be made besides just recycling materials? It is important to remember that reusable items can also save space in your trash can. By using less, you are doing your part in creating a green community and helping to ensure we are more self-sustainable. Using items such as a reusable lunchbox, reusable water bottles or coffee mugs can help reduce the amount of waste that you put in the waste stream.

We recently began airing a segment on Fox 43 mentioning recycling and back to school. Please be sure to check out the segment here.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and have a great school year!

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