Recycling

How To Get Started

So you want to improve your recycling initiatives, but don’t know where to start? Well, the first and probably most important piece of advice I can start you off with is research. 

The worst thing you can do is assume that items are recyclable and just toss them into the bin. If a recycling collector notices this, she/he might skip your collection altogether and flag it to be sent to the landfill, which would include your recyclable items as well. Check out this story about what happens in Nashville when you incorrectly recycle items.

Since every town is different (and some towns don’t even provide curbside recycling), visit their website and find your way to the trash/recycling section. Here, your town will outline exactly what is and is not recyclable locally and may even include additional resources for further reading/education.

Since I live in Beverly Massachusetts, here’s an excerpt from the town’s website:

Paper & Cardboard (keep separate)

  • Newspaper with inserts
  • Magazines/catalogs and phone books
  • All junk mail (plastic windows removed)
  • Clean paperboard (cereal & cracker boxes), egg cartons, clean pizza and cereal boxes
  • Note, copy, & scrap paper
  • Corrugated cardboard – flattened, and bundled cut to less than 36″ in any dimension- place next to other recyclables
  • Place in brown paper bags on top of your recycling bin, or in its own recycling container. (not larger than 32 gallons, not weighing more than 40 pounds). Please place separate from trash
  • NO PLASTIC BAGS – Bring to grocery store with bread, newspaper and dry cleaning bags.
  • No cartons (milk, juice, etc.)- Considered Trash

Glass, Plastic & Metal (mix together)

  • Glass bottles/ jars (all colors & sizes) – No broken or other glass such as light bulbs, window or auto glass, dishes, glasses, Pyrex.
  • Metal cans, clean aluminum foil and aerosol cans – No paint cans.
  • All clean plastic containers labeled with 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 symbol. Considered Trash if not.
  • All clean plastic food containers- with 1,2,3,4,5,6,or 7 symbol. Considered Trash if not.
  • No cartons (milk, juice, etc.)- Considered Trash
  • No motor oil or chemical containers.
  • Place in a recycling bin or another container (not larger than 32 gallons, not weighing more than 40 pounds). Please place separate from trash
  • LOOSE CONTAINERS ONLY- NO PLASTIC BAGS
  • No Styrofoam. Considered Trash

We are extremely lucky residents because we both receive curbside recycling services and we are not a single stream community, meaning we don’t have limits on how much we can recycle!

Now, get started! Visit your town’s website to find out your local recycling guidelines, including where you can bring your recyclables if there isn’t an option for curbside pick-up.

Happy Recycling!

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