Debunking Recycling and Waste Management Myths

Myths about recycling and waste management are quite common. If you have considered recycling but feel confused as to what rules you need to follow, the information provided will help. In addition, it could prevent you from accidentally taking contaminated items to your local recycling center.

Recycling symbols have created a lot of confusion. The reason is that some manufacturing companies place these symbols on packaging and materials simply to indicate they can be repurposed. However, from a consumer’s viewpoint, these symbols indicate recycling ability. This is why learning what can and cannot be recycled is so important.

You may also have no idea as to what items are accepted as part of your local recycling program. Instead of guessing, you can contact your local center to get a complete list of the items that are accepted.

Unfortunately, some people think that because all of their neighbors recycle, there is no reason for them to do so. That means that a tremendous volume of recyclable items, including cardboard, glass, plastic, paper, and aluminum, end up in landfills rather than at recycling centers. Recent statistics show that more than 50 percent of materials tossed in the trash could actually be recycled.

There are even myths pertaining to the handling of trash and recyclable items. The reality is that there are no people on the receiving end of trash deliveries who spend time picking out recyclables. Instead, what goes out in the trash ends up in landfills. If you are interested in recycling, create a simple system whereby you put trash in one bin and recyclable items in another.

Another myth that needs debunking has to do with wasted energy. Some people believe that more energy is spent on transporting and processing recycled items than is saved. In this case, the very opposite is true. Many trucks used today in the recycling and waste management industry operate on compressed natural gas, otherwise referred to as CNG. This not only helps reduce air pollution, it also has a much smaller carbon footprint.

Recycling is a great way to reduce pollution. If you want to learn more or you have items that need to be disposed of, we can help. Please contact 1-800 RID-OF-IT (743-6348) today for expert assistance.

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