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Nov 2, 2017

Recycle More, Trash Less

Did you know glass can be recycled forever? It never wears out! Using recycled aluminum to make a new can cuts air pollution by 95%. What about plastic bottles? Well, half of all the polyester carpet made in the US is made from recycled plastic bottles. In fact, many of the products we use every day are, or can be, made out of recycled materials: paper, pencils, shoes, clothes, bags, plastics – the possibilities are endless!

Recycling is one of the easiest ways to do something good for the environment without having to leave your own home. Recycling saves energy, water and valuable resources such as trees and metal. It also reduces pollution, conserves landfill space and creates jobs.

Think You Know the A-B-Cs and 1-2-3s of Curbside Recycling in Hampton Roads?

Many are surprised to find out that those pizza boxes are actually NOT recyclable. In fact, any paper or cardboard product soiled with grease or food should not go into your curbside recycling bin. And Styrofoam — that’s a big recycling no-no too. Can you recycle glass of any color? Yes, but glass jars and bottles need to be empty. The same is true for plastic bottles. And what about aluminum cans or foil? Those definitely go in the bin, but only if they’re clean.

If you knew all of the above, you’re a recycling all-star. There are plenty of rules when it comes to recycling in Hampton Roads, so the folks at have put together this handy recycling guide to help you decipher what goes in the curbside bin on collection day and what should be recycled elsewhere. For instance, plastic bags can and should be recycled…but they are not accepted at the curb. Instead, look for a recycling bin at your local grocery store or convenience center and drop your bags off there on your next shopping trip.

Make it Easy!

The easier something is, the more likely we are to do it so make recycling easy at home. Place several recycling bins around your house. You may only have one big blue bin, but you can put a cardboard box in your office, kitchen, garage, etc. and empty everything into the bin on recycling day.

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Good To Do:

Always put these items in the bin:

  • Cardboard boxes (flattened)
  • Mixed papers (office paper, junk mail, cereal boxes, phone books, etc.)
  • #1 and #2 plastic bottles with necks or spouts
  • Glass bottles
  • Steel, tin and aluminum cans

The following items can never be recycled in the blue bin:

  • Plastic bags and wraps – Visit to find the nearest recycling location
  • Yard waste – Check your locality’s yard waste collection schedule and requirements
  • Household hazardous waste (HHW) – Aerosol cans, paint cans, motor oil, etc. must be taken to a HHW facility or collection event. Check this resource to find your locality’s information.

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