SOUTH SHORE RECYCLING COOPERATIVE

 

 
 
 

Advanced Recycling

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.