Can I Recycle This? 5 Things You Should Always Recycle (and 5 Things You Shouldn’t)

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Can I Recycle This? 5 Things You Should Always Recycle (and 5 Things You Shouldn’t)

If you’re anything like us, you’re constantly trying to figure out, Can I recycle this or not? We wish the rules were simple and consistent, but what you can recycle (takeout containers? shipping boxes? junk mail?) and where (curbside? recycling center?) largely depends on what your local municipality can — or will — handle.

The good news is that with a little effort, you can achieve zero waste. If you can’t leave a particular item curbside or in your apartment building’s recycling bins, for example, you can probably take it to a recycling center or donate it to a specialized recycling company like TerraCycle, an international firm that collects hard-to-recycle items and repurposes them into resalable products.

5 Items You Can’t Recycle

Expired Medication: It’s imperative that you dispose of your over-the-counter and prescription pills the right way. Don’t toss them in the garbage — they might be found and ingested by kids or animals in your household. […]

Incorrect Plastics: Oh, the wily world of plastics. Turn over a plastic bottle or container and you’re likely to find a number — from 1 through 7 — within a recycling arrow logo. [..]

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