Our planet is a precious commodity and unless we can live on another planet, Earth is all we have for the next few thousand years or so. Or we hope.
April is officially “Earth Month” when we celebrate our planet and do things that help rather than hinder it. But I’d like to think that we should celebrate and take care of Earth every day and while that may be difficult for most, it only takes one small step to make a major difference. Whether it’s remembering to recycle or turning off the lights when not in use, we all can make some positive changes to help make our world a better place for our future generations.
This year’s post I’d like to dedicate it to recycling. Many people already recycle on a regular basis but do you know what’s recyclable and what’s not? Not everything can be thrown in the recycling bin and those that can may have to be placed in their own separate containers. Below is a list of items that are recyclable and are not. Happy Earth Month and remember that we can help improve the quality of our planet.
Plastic bottles marked #1 (PETE) and #2 (HDPE) are recyclable in most communities. This includes: shampoo, conditioners, body wash, lotion, baby powder, face cleanser, and body oil.
Plastic marked #4 (LDPE) and #5 (PP) may not be accepted for recycling via curbside programs. Check with your municipality and the Earth911 recycling locator. Some #5 (PP) plastics may also be recycled via drop-off or mail-in programs.
Caps and closures may be kept on plastic bottles and containers at the point of recycling. Caps are often made from #5 plastic and can usually be recycled through your curbside recycling program. Check with your local municipality.
Most paperboard items are recyclable: Toilet paper rolls; cardboard boxes and cartons for over the counter drugs, lotions, soaps, bandages, etc.
Toothbrushes are generally only recyclable through take-back programs, as most municipalities don’t accept them as recycling.
Most bathroom tubes (toothpaste, etc.) are made with plastic laminate, which most municipalities do not accept for recycling.
Currently, the pumps on bottles are not recyclable due to the multiple components that are contained within a pump. Please remove all pumps before recycling a bottle, then put the bottle in your recycling and the pump in your garbage.
DENTAL FLOSS CONTAINERS
Dental floss containers are usually made with multiple parts of multiple materials, so they generally cannot be recycled, except via the mail-in and drop-off programs.
*Always check with your local recycling programs to see what they will and will not take.