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May 13

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle While You Spring Clean

Posted on May 13, 2022 at 8:52 AM by Kaitlynn McCumiskey

RRNY_Spring_Cleaning-01Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle While You Spring Clean

It’s time for some Spring cleaning! But before you start throwing everything into trash bags, it’s important to remember that everything we own requires natural resources to produce, and many of the things we might consider trash can be reused, repaired, and recycled. While it can be tempting just to get items into trash bags as quick as possible, reducing the amount of waste you create while spring cleaning can be very rewarding.

Some items are recyclable but require special drop-off programs with different systems to recycle them and will not be recycled if placed in your home recycling bin. Some of these items include electronics, rechargeable batteries, textiles, paints/stains*, and film plastics like plastic bags.

No cords, wires, light strands, rope, or other tanglers belong in your recycling bin. This is because they twist up in the sorting equipment causing dangerous and costly jams. Before you toss it, can you reuse it in some way? Check online for ways to upcycle damaged hoses. Can that rope be used around the house or garden for another project?

*stay tuned next week for more information about the new NYS paint collection program!

 Adapted from #RecycleRightNY resources