SOUTH SHORE RECYCLING COOPERATIVE

 

 
 
 

MYTHBUSTERS and FAQs 

Myth:  The recycling arrows on a container means it is recyclable in my town's program

Answer: Only in some cases.  (page 2)

Myth: It doesn't mattter if something belongs in the recycling cart, the hauler will sort everything anyway

Answer: False. (page 2)

Myth:  All plastics can be recycled with my bottles and cans

Answer: False. (page 4)  Please don't include plastic bags, styrofoam® or other soft plastics!

FAQs: 

  • Q: What kinds of plastic are recyclable in my town's recycling program? A: Most rigid containers (page 4)

  • Q: Are cartons, juice boxes, pizza boxes, and paper beverage cups recyclable in my town's program?  A: It depends (page 5)

  • Q: What about paper towels, napkins, tissues, shredded paper, and paper plates? A: No (page 6)

  • Q: Does my town include glass in it's recycling program?  A: All SSRC town programs accept glass bottles and jars.  No drinking glasses, window panes, light bulbs, or ceramics - these can ruin a whole batch of new bottles at the other end.

  • Q: Aerosol cans?  A:  Only if completely empty (page 7)

  • Q: How clean is "clean"? A. Quick rinse for most liquids, spatula empty for thick liquids. (page 8).  Hint:  Shake some water in your almost empty bottle of shampoo or laundry detergent and get one or two more washes.

  • Q:  What about hoses, tanks, shower curtains, candy wrappers, swing sets, skis, bowling balls, diapers, silverware, pots and pans? A:  Don't do it!  Only paper, cardboard, bottles   and rigidcontainer, can be recycled withthe paper, cardboard, bottles and rigid containers. (page 8)  See the SSRC Recycling A-Z page for other outlets.


Discover the proper way to recycle plastic bags and other tanglers (holiday lights, clothing, etc.)  This does not just go for Chicago, but for everywhere. 

 

Take a video tour of the Waste Management recycling plant in Avon, where many of our towns’ recyclables go. Rosemary Nolan narrates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Message from our Executive Director:

Do you know anyone who needs community service hours, or would like to help us spread the word about textile and general recycling?  The SSRC is seeking a volunteer/intern for 10-15 hours to help with digital outreach efforts through Facebook and the Beyond the Bin Recycling Directory.  See the posting here.

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On this website:

Visit Recycling A-Z to find the answer to "What should I do with...." 

The Town Program pages provide contact information and links to Member Town's recycling programs.

Learn more about recycling dos and don'ts by visiting Recycling 101 and Advanced Recycling.

Hazardous Waste Days

Click here for the Schedule of Hazardous Waste Days and collection details

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