Recycling Matters! Learn how to do it right

Here is a statistic that may shock you. Greater than 50% of the recyclables collected within Forest Park are contaminated. What does that mean? In short, if your recycling bin contains ANY product that isn't allowed in the recycling program, the entire batch goes into the landfill. That's a whole lot of good intentions tossed in the trash! What can you do to help? Educate yourself. It's really important that you understand what's allowable and what isn't. Assumptions are often made which are patently incorrect. For example, did you know that the clear plastic shrink wrap encapsulating your case of water is not recyclable? Did you know that only clean plastic and glass jars are acceptable? If there's peanut butter left in the jar or pasta sauce residue left inside, you've just contaminated the whole lot and the entire bin of recyclables will be transfered to the landfill.

Things that are generally assumed safe for recycling but ARE NOT include:

  • All plastic bags (that's right! all of them)
  • All plastic utensils (forks, spoons, etc.)
  • All plastic straws Sheets of glass (window glass and the like) Glass dish ware Pizza boxes (when used)
  • All used paper products that held food or beverages (paper plates and beverage cups)
  • All foam containers, including egg cartons made of Styrofoam.
  • Metal pots and pans Garden hose And much more.

Let's all try and keep our recycling program meaningful. Thank you! 

Please click here to learn more. (EPA)

For a quick guide, click here. (Republic Services)