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 Director:

Give your recycling program a gift this season: review what is truly acceptable in your Town.  There's been a lot or "wishful recycling" going on, and it's causing trouble!  HIghlights:  keep it clean, and only include plastics that are rigid containers - no bags, styrofoam or ribbons.  Surf the site for more details 

 

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December 2017 Updates

Recycling on the South Shore (9 min), with Kingston's Paul Basler, SSRC's Julie Sullivan. PCN/PACTV, 10/26/2017

Life in plastic, it's fantastic... or is it?  by Julie Sullivan, Whitman-Hanson Express, 10/5/17

Town (Abington) bans Styrofoam food containers, Jean Lang, Boston Globe9/22/17

Abington to improve recycling through The Recycling Partnership, Wicked Local Abington, 7/11/17

Hingham HHW collection (11 min video) HCAM TV, June 2017 

Op Ed:  How Not Recycling impacts your wallet, Julie Sullivan, Cohasset Mariner, 6/17/17  

Let's clean up our recycling 30 sec. video PSA, PACTV, 4/2017

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

Upcoming Meetings & Events

13 Dec 2017
08:45AM - 12:00PM
Southeast Municipal Recycling Council meeting
11 Jan 2018
01:00PM - 02:00PM
Textile Recovery Webinar
18 Jan 2018
08:50AM - 10:30AM
SSRC Breakfast Meeting