“Bay Area Recycling for Charities takes a lot of different things that you can’t take at other places,” said Andrew Gale, the founder of Bay Area Recycling for Charities.
With the holidays comes a lot of waste, but also a lot of people looking to recycle.
While many may have their hearts in the right place, they may be recycling things they shouldn’t be.
“We all produce about four point two pounds of trash every day,” said Gale.
When it comes to recycling, it’s more than just tossing something in a bin.
“Take the time and sort it out,” said Gale.
That’s because not everything can be recycled.
“Styrofoam is one of those things everyone’s going to get a lot of this Christmas because everything comes packed with Styrofoam and so that’s the type of material that doesn’t normally go into to your curbside recycling,” explained Gale.
However you can drop off Styrofoam at Bay Area Recycling for Charities.
“The biggest thing that people get for Christmas these days is electronics,” said Gale.
Your old gadgets can be recycled, but again, you need to take them somewhere like Bay Area Recycling.
“For the most part, wrapping papers fine,” said Gale . “But the wrapping paper that winds up having a lot of foil and things like that embedded into it, it will become a contamination to paper recycling.”
Christmas trees are recyclable as well, both artificial and real.
“Artificial Christmas trees are made out of plastic and metal. Then the weight of them is mostly metal so it’s actually recyclable,” explained Gale.
For your real trees, places like the Association to Rescue Kritters are asking for them to create a natural environment for the animals.
So just think twice before tossing everything into your recycling bin.
“The rule is, if in doubt, throw it out,” said Gale.