Household Hazardous Waste Recycling
We often hear about the recycling of paper. The problem is that most people do not know how to properly recycle paper. Some paper is damaged in processing plants, while others cannot be recycled because they are covered with plastic. Paper bag manufacturers are making changes to make it easier to recycle paper.
Answer: Many types of paper can be reused, including white board, recycled paper, thick cardboard, magazine, school book, and newspaper. A great idea is to send your unused paper packaging in with the trash you take off the house. This will save you a trip to the curb and keeps your yard looking neat. You can also purchase special waste paper bags from paper bag manufacturers that can be reused.
What happens when my package is received at a recycling facility? Recyclable materials are separated from non-recycleable materials. The recyclables are then placed in trailers. The packaging, which may be cardboard or strong paper like the ones found in the home, is shredded before being shipped to a recycling facility. Waste paper is a big help to the environment because it makes it easier for recyclers to find and collect.
How are the recycled materials stored? At recycling facilities, the recyclable materials are stacked in cartons. Greenhouse gas emission is reduced with cardboard boxes being reused as can holders. There are more than 20 types of containers that can hold different recyclable items. Cardboard boxes are made of corrugated fiberboard or cardboard. They are available in a wide range of colors and are strong and resistant to damage.
What happens if I am unable to recycle paper at home? One option is to call your local scrap paper store and tell them what you intend to do with the paper. You may be able to trade in your unwanted paper for something more useful like metal or cash. If you still want the paper but it’s in good condition, you can place it in a binder or other kind of paper making system that accepts only pre-printed documents. Most large cities have recycling centers that accept paper making systems that take the damaged paper and use it to create new papers.
Can you recycle plastics? Plastics can be reprocessed, but some parts are replaceable. The bottles are broken down to simple components that can go into a binder or shredder, like paper. The plastic components are broken down further to nuggets and small pieces. Some companies make plastic recyclables with vegetable oil and other chemicals that are more resistant to degradation than plastic.
Why should I recycle plastic? Recycling plastic helps protect the natural environment. The plastic waste that is collected in the U.S. goes to a place called anaerobic digestion, where it is broken down without releasing any greenhouse gases. In the U.S., anaerobic digestion plants process about 25% of the country’s annual plastic waste. This means that less plastic is sent to the landfill.
Household hazardous waste recycling centers accept all kinds of materials. There are also facilities that accept only newspaper and cardboard at the curbside. If you’re sending items to one of the facilities that accepts trash only, be aware that you may be charged more than if you went to a curbside facility. Be sure to call ahead to see what kind of collection and handling is offered, how long it will take, and what the cost will be to send your items to one of the facilities. Many households also purchase their own self-cleaning household hazardous waste containers. You can also buy self-cleaning bags from the curbside recycle facility that accepts trash only.