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We’ve had some exciting recycling news this week. On July 1st, the Cities of Fargo and Moorhead expanded their recycling programs to accept paperboard and more types of plastic.
Instead of just accepting corrugated cardboard residents of both cities can now include cereal boxes, milk and juice cartons, shoe boxes, chipboard and paperboard.
From the City of Fargo:
Acceptable cardboard: Corrugated cardboard boxes, brown kraft bags, beverage containers, shoe boxes cereal and food boxes, chipboard and paperboard.
Unacceptable cardboard: Waxed boxes or boxes that come from refrigerator or the freezer.
Preparation required: Large boxes should be flattened and placed under container. Please slit seams on smaller boxes and flatten.
Also, instead of only accepting plastic containers with the “resin identification code,” or RIC inside the chasing arrow symbol of 1 or 2, they will now be accepting the RIC of 1 through 7.
From the City of Fargo:
Acceptable plastics: #1-7 Clean plastic containers such as soda bottles, milk containers, detergent and shampoo bottles, yogurt & cottage cheese containers, ice cream pails, margarine tubs and vegetable containers. All containers with a recycling symbol of 1-7.
Unacceptable plastics: Styrofoam, beverage cups, trays or fast food containers. Motor oil or antifreeze bottles, plastic bags, shrink wrap, film, toys.
Preparation required: Please rinse all containers and remove caps and lids. Place plastic in a brown paper bag.
For more information, visit http://www.cityoffargo.com/CityInfo/Departments/SolidWaste/Recycling/.
RECYCLING FACTS from the National Resources Defense Council:
- The U.S. currently recycles 32.5 percent of its waste, compared with about five percent in 1970.
- According to the EPA, recycling cuts global warming pollution by the equivalent of removing 39.6 million passenger cars from the road.
- Before 1973, no curbside recycling programs existed in the United States. By 2006, about 8,660 curbside programs had sprouted up across the nation.
- Less than half of all post-consumer paper discarded in the United States is recovered for recycling.
- Only 13 percent of water bottles are recycled. In 2005, Americans purchased 30 billion water bottles, and 26 billion of them wound up in landfills.
- Airports and airlines recycle less than 20 percent of the 425,000 tons of passenger-related waste they produce each year.
Reducing our waste before it becomes recycling or landfill, is a goal we all work towards. What are some ways you reduce your waste?
My Green Side’s web pick of the week:
1800Recycling.com is a dynamic recycling and green living-focused website that makes recycling, conserving, reusing and living wisely easy.
The site also features a comprehensive recycling database that gives the user the ability to easily assemble a recycling to-do list. The database is location based to make your recycling needs as easy as possible whether you’re clearing out the house during spring cleaning or simply looking to recycle a few shopping bags.
To read more articles from Wendy about recycling, visit http://1800recycling.com/author/wendy-gabriel/.