November 15th is National Recycling Day, supported by the EPA as it reduces waste and helps support thousands of jobs.
Many of us throw away items that can be reused or repurposed easily, not because we don’t care about the environment but because we don’t know what goes into the recycle bin and what doesn’t.
Moreover, some companies will recycle items others refuse. So we’ve made an easy mnemonic to remember what one can recycle (generally)…..
- REading materials (books, letters, magazines, newspapers)
- Cans/cardboard boxes
- You Can Do This!
- Clear bottles
- Leftovers (some food can be recycled or used as compost)
- Electronics – separate batteries as they may need to be recycled separately
Depending on one’s recycling company, some objects can be recycled but kept separately such as food, plastics, clothes, etc. Republic Services offers their list of what they will recycle here.
Other resources can be found below.
Contact your local sanitation or recycling company to find out what specifically they want or do not want in their recycling bins as each entity may vary.
According to National Geographic, “6.3 billion tons never made it to a recycling bin.”
Let’s try to change that…..
Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, iHeart Radio and is a Board Certified Family Physician