There is a great blog that I have been reading lately called Reduce Footprints. Each week, there is a new challenge. This week’s challenge is to share your recycling knowledge and/or tips. In response to that challenge, here goes…..
I have many posts on what is recyclable and how to recycle it for the Westford MA area. I have decided to consolidate all of that information into this post, with the added benefit of how to figure this out for your area. Recycling varies widely from state to state, town to town, sometimes even within the town! It can be very confusing and can change. The thing to remember is to keep taking a peek at the rules – usually things that were NOT recyclable will become recyclable in some manner. You also need to find out what is available to you. Most likely, you have a convenient option available to you for common items like paper, plastics and metals (cans). Then there are other items that, with a little effort, can be recycled or reused as well.
Step One: Educate Yourself
Once you have this information, take time to read and understand what can and can’t be recycled. Keep this handy. You will refer to it often. Take a look at Westford Recycling Dos and Don’ts and Common Misconceptions about Westford Recycling. Each give some basics about curbside recycling in Westford MA. They will alert you to things to look for in your recycling program. Do you need to sort? Can you recycle a pizza box?
Step Two: Analyze Your Trash
Step Three: Make it Easy
Step Four: Get your family involved
Step Five: Expand Your list of Recyclables
- Clothing – So many charities would be happy to have your gently worn clothing.
- Wine corks – All Whole Foods locations collect natural wine corks.
- Eye glasses – The Lions Club has collection boxes in many locations, or ask a local eye glass shop or eye doctor.
- Energy Bars, Chip Bags – local TerraCycle organizations. This one may be a little harder to find. Try the TerraCycle Facebook page.
- Athletic Shoes – If your running shoes are worn out, take them to a Nike Store to be re purposed into play surfaces. I think it would be awesome if Gyms had collections for their members – any takers out there?
- Plastic bags – Most grocery stores collect plastic store bags, sometimes more.
- Cosmetic tubes or jars – Origins and TerraCycle collect old cosmetic packaging.
- Brita Filters – All Whole Foods locations collect Brita Filters and all #5 plastics for a company called Preserve.
- Bicycles – Bikes Not Bombs is a non-profit that collects bicycles all over the country.
- Ink and toner Cartridges – Staples
- Rechargeable batteries – Best Buy
- CDs, Cables, wires – Best buy