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We haven’t talked about recycling in a while so I thought it was time to do a little recycling review. We have wonderful recycling programs in the Fargo Moorhead area. Of course, I’d love it if they’d allow office paper to be picked up curbside… but I digress…
Here’s a look at what is allowable in the City of Fargo’s curbside recycling program:
Plastics: #1-7 Clean plastic container 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.
Newspapers and Magazines: Newspaper, shoppers and anything that is delivered in the newspaper, including glossy inserts. Magazines, small catalogs and similar printed material with glossy pages.
Aluminum and Tin Cans: Aluminum, steel and tin cans.
Glass: Clear, brown and green glass bottles and jars.
For more information about the City of Fargo’s recycling programs, visit http://www.cityoffargo.com/CityInfo/Departments/SolidWaste/Recycling/, for the City of West Fargo, visit http://www.westfargond.gov/ and for the City of Moorhead, visit http://www.ci.moorhead.mn.us/city_services/outside_garbage.asp.
- 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 goes to a landfill, is a goal we can all work towards.
Here are a few tips:
- Buy products in bulk and bring your own reusable containers to store them in. This eliminates food waste by helping ensure you buy only what you need. This will become even more of an option in our area once the Prairie Roots Food Co-op has a physical store. If you’re not yet a member, visit http://prairie-roots.coop/ and join today!
- Share or swap items with friends, family and neighbors to avoid unnecessary purchases.
- Choose products and companies that support sustainability.
- Focusing on quality over quantity.
- Have items repaired instead of throwing them away.
- Set aside unwanted, still-good items for schools, shelters and other organizations that will accept them.
- Cook from scratch rather than buy packaged foods.
- Reduce multiple trips to the store by stocking up on essential items, which will save gas and reduce pollution.
- Avoid disposable items and instead use durable goods such as thermal cups, permanent plates and utensils.
- Avoid taking freebies that you aren’t going to use.
- Buy from thrift stores.
- Before you purchase an item, consider what you’ll do with it’s no longer useful.
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/.