Recyclable Item Quiz

June 2, 2017

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Recycling is becoming easier for everyone but not everyone knows what can be recycled and what shouldn't be placed in the bin and that could be a costly problem for the city of Ocala.  The city can be fined people placing non-recyclable items into the recycle bin. The problem is many items people believe as recyclable are not.  The city will be launching an aggressive education program to address the problem.  So we thought it would be a great opportunity to play, Recycle or not!  We'll mention an item and you choose whether it is recyclable or not.  #1-Pizza Boxes. NON-RECYCLABLE.  Although pizza boxes are made from paper cardboard, it cannot be recycled when it becomes soiled with grease, cheese and sauces.  That logic also transfers to paper plates, napkins and paper towels. #2-Glass jars with lids. RECYCLABLE. Even though the metal lid usually has a plastic seal inside, it can be recycled.  However as with pizza boxes, there should be no food reside left inside, so rinse them out before recycling.  #3-Juice Boxes. RECYCLABLE. Remember to rinse them out first.  #4-Ceramic dishes. NON-RECYCLABLE. The presence of ceramics in recyclable glass will weaken the recycled product because of the process in manufacturing them.  #5-Plastics. DEPENDS!  Plastics are a tricky one.  It depends on the grade of plastic.  Each plastic item has a recycle symbol with a number from 1 to 7.  The higher the number, the tougher they are to recycle.  For instance, plastic items with number 1 and 2 are the easiest and most common to recycle and are acceptable to place in the bin, such as beverage bottles, dishwashing soap bottles, shampoo bottles, plastic milk jugs, and detergent bottles.  Takeout food containers, plastic grocery bags and Styrofoam cups usually have a recycle number of 5 or 6, which means they are generally not recyclable. In fact the city of Gainesville's curbside recycling prohibits plastics such as these.  However Ocala’s program allows for these to be placed in the recycling bin as long as the food remnants have been removed.

SOURCE: Ocala Star Banner, Waste Pro, City of Ocala, City of Gainesville

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