Fall into Good Recycling Habits This Year
Whether you’re sipping warm
apple cider, raking leaves, or having some Halloween fun, you can do it all
with the environment in mind by following these easy tips.
While many coffee shops are
not accepting reusable mugs at this time due to Covid-19 despite health experts
around the globe verifying the safety of reusables, you can still do your part to reduce waste and prevent recycling
contamination by taking these steps:
- Keep single-use cups, lids, and
straws out of recycling bins unless they are listed as accepted in your
recycling program - many recyclers do not accept these items.
- Skip a lid, straw or stirrer by
letting your server know if you don’t need these items.
- Brew your own coffee or tea at
home and avoid take-out waste altogether.
Once the leaves have fallen,
property owners can sustainably use them a number of ways:
- At home - add nutrients to your
lawn by mulching
leaves into the grass with a lawn mower, or you can collect them for your home
- If at-home use isn’t an option,
check with your municipality about pickup and collection of leaves.
If possible, use reusable bins or barrels for your yard debris.
As Halloween approaches, get
crafty and creative with your costume and decorations:
- Reuse and repurpose items from
around the house or outside, such as using leaves in craft projects.
- Reuse clothing, other
accessories or give a past costume a new twist.
When carving jack-o’-lanterns, roast those tasty seeds and compost pumpkins
after the celebration concludes!
While enjoying treats this
Halloween, it’s important to not trick ourselves into “wishcycling” items like
candy wrappers that don’t belong in the recycling stream. Contamination is
scary for any recycling program. You can make sure your recycling bin isn’t
full of scary tricks by:
- Knowing your recycling program
and only recycling items that are accepted
- Containers are empty and paper
and cardboard are dry
Source:NYSDEC #RecycleRightNy October 2020 Resources
For more information on
residential recycling, contact email@example.com; questions about residential composting, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated October 16, 2020