SEAL BEACH, CA — In recent weeks, Seal Beach has been overrun with trash, residents have noticed. With that, beach cleanup can have some folks wondering what can be recycled and what shouldn’t be?
When the wrong things get recycled, it leads to “recycling contamination,” Republic Services advised.
“We all play a critical role in keeping our community recycling programs running properly and helping to reduce contamination,” said Pete Keller, Republic Services vice president of recycling and sustainability. “Many consumers are placing contaminated items into their containers and consequently, many of those recyclables end up in the landfill and not where they were intended. Throughout the year, we encourage everyone to help reduce contamination by incorporating four easy tips into your daily routine.”
- Only place recyclables in the curbside recycling container (read below)
- Recyclables should be clean, empty and dry
- When in doubt, throw it out.
- Know what should never be placed in a curbside recycling container
Make sure recyclables are empty of any contents, clean of any residue, and dry before placing them into the recycling container, they say.
Here is a tip list on what to and NOT to recycle, from the good folks at Republic Services.
Things you should recycle, curbside, and often:
- Aluminum and tin cans
- Plastic bottles and containers
- Paper, including newspapers, envelopes, phone books and magazines
- Paper cardboard, dairy and juice containers
- flattened cardboard and paperboard (think poster board and file folders)
- glass bottles and jars
When in doubt, throw it out, they advise! Never place these items into a curbside recycling container. Don’t recycle:
- Food waste
- Clothing, shoes, and other textiles
- Yard waste, plants, grass clippings
- Electrical cords and garden hoses
- Disposable diapers and puppy pads
- Tissues, paper towels, paper napkins, and hardcover books
- Treated or contaminated wood, sheetrock, or drywall
- Metal such as chains, tools, and car parts
- Electronic devices and equipment, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, and ballasts
- (For business customers, Republic offers programs to recycle electronics securely and responsibly and to safely dispose of batteries, bulbs, and ballasts.)
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Ashley Ludwig, Patch staff photo