Thursday, 29 August 2013

Recycling! Are you doing more harm than good?

Recycling products or any type of material, always seems a good idea but have you ever thought that few things you recycle it might harm the environment than do any good to it. There are varieties of paper which can be recycled but figuring out which one can be recycled and which can be harmful is quite a task. If you make a mistake of throwing some unrecyclable item into the recycling bin, I know it may seem such a small mistake but it’s a blunder for the environment. Because of that small mistake the whole recycled batch will go to your near dump yard.

Take a look on these items which could be your “small mistake”, so remember not to recycle them.

Pizza boxes
 The cardboard pizza boxes may seem recyclable to you but the oil from pizza that you just ate contaminates it and makes it impossible to process into a clean paper.

Napkins and paper towels:
They are good quality paper but for the reasons and type of work they are used puts them into unrecyclable category. These towels and napkins are used for cleaning products, food and other harmful waste which is not fit for recycling.

Sticky notes
They are small size, colorful sticky papers which are better for a trash bin than a recycle bin. The adhesive strip of these sticky notes won’t do any good to the environment either.

Wet paper
They are more of loss than profit for the paper mills because the fibers of paper that have been exposed to water are shorter which makes it unprofitable to collect and recycle.

paper caps. Curbside programs won't recycle them, but Aveda collects them and turns them into packaging for new products.

Fun fact#
# sometimes the shape of an item decides its chances of being recycled.

# Most of the curbside programs only take paper labeled #1 and #2 on the bottom.

Check in with your local waste/ sanitation department to find out the specific rules of recycling in your area.  Go green! But the right way!

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