You’re probably making your entire recycling load unusable. GREAT JOB, EARTHLING. Here’s how to do it right!
Update #1 — May 26, 2016; 11:07 AM
According to the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority, as of July 1st, we will now be able to recycle plastics 1-7 of all sizes AND plastic-coated milk/juice containers!
IT IS LIKE A DREAM COME TRUE, GUYS!
We’ve updated the below information accordingly. Just imagine a big huge thumbs up on a pile of all of your plastic.
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Original — April 22, 2016
What we can recycle municipally
According to the CVWMA website, Richmonders can recycle:
Corrugated cardboard boxes (break them down, please!)
Paper, like newspapers, magazines, catalogs, computer paper, junk mail, cereal boxes and other paperboard packaging, and paper bags
Steel and aluminum cans
Crush ’em if you can!
#1-#7 plastic of all shapes and sizes
This is a big change from our previous “only #1 and #2 plastics of the narrow-neck bottle variety” limitations! Throw it all in there, folks!
Glass bottles and jars of the clear, blue, brown, and green varieties
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What we can’t recycle
If you throw these in with your regular recycling, you run the risk of having a bunch of legit things rejected, too!
A nice day, indeed! I’ve been doing an experiment this year and have successfully avoided bringing any plastic bags into my house. Zero! All you have to say is “I don’t need the bag,” and everyone is fine.
Paper products like towels and tissues
Their quality of paper is too low, and also, gross. I was not about to pick those out of our trash.