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Recycling & Reusing

Recycling at Home

Recycling at home is one of the easiest ways to do something good for the environment without having to leave your own home! The latest available information shows recycling rates in the Hampton Roads region are 33.7%, but we can do better.

GOOD TO KNOW

  • Recycling saves energy, water and valuable resources such as trees and metal. Recycling also reduces pollution, conserves landfill space and creates industry and jobs.
  • Did you know glass can be recycled forever? It never wears out! Using recycled aluminum to make a can again 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 everyday are, or can, be made out of recycled materials: paper, pencils, shoes, clothes, bags, plastics – the possibilities are endless!
  • Think recycling takes too much time? Well, compared to the length of time it takes for waste to decompose in a landfill – aluminum cans: 100 years, plastic bottles: 700 years, ink and toner cartridges: 1,000 years, glass bottles: 1,000,000 years – recycling only takes a blink of an eye!
  • Virginia areas with the highest recycling rates.

This is the latest information available, March 2017.

GOOD TO DO

Recycle more, trash less. Here’s how:

  • Make recycling at home convenient: Locate recycling bins around your house or apartment. You may only have one blue bin, but you can put a cardboard box in your office, kitchen, garage, etc. and empty everything into the bin on recycling day.

Always put these items in the bin:

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

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

  • Plastic bags and wraps – Visit abagslife.com to find the nearest recycling location
  • Yard waste – Check your locality’s yard waste collection schedule and requirement
  • Styrofoam
  • Greasy food containers like pizza boxes
  • 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.

Find our RECYCLE MORE, TRASH LESS collateral (posters, rack cards, video and audio files) below in our media toolkit.

Live in an apartment? No problem, you can take your recyclables to a convenience center. Click on your locality below to find the nearest convenience center. Get recycling information by locality:

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