Island recycling tips and facts
This month’s recycling question is:
Q: Why are some of my plastic containers not picked up, even though they’re marked numberone and number-two?
A: The R.I. Resource Recovery recycling plant in Johnston does not have the equipment to sort some plastic containers. The current practice is to only collect those number-one and numbertwo plastic containers that have a mouth smaller than the overall diameter of the container. All other containers should be put in the trash; all lids must also be put in the trash.
In addition, here are some recycling tips to save paper:
• Use reusable lunch bags or boxes to avoid throwing paper away every day.
• Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins.
• Don’t take a bag with various purchases unless it’s absolutely necessary.
• Use a sponge or cloth instead of paper towels.
• Look for items that use little or no paper packaging.
• Read books, magazines and newspapers at the library instead of purchasing them.
• Use both sides of computer and note paper before recycling. This reduces both paper and ink.
Other helpful recycling tips include:
• Use reusable plastic containers for food instead of plastic bags.
• Use rechargeable batteries instead of disposable ones.
• Use plates, cups and utensils that can be washed instead of throw-away types.
• Purchase items like juice and detergent in concentrate when possible.
• Avoid buying foods in single serving packages.
• Re-use plastic drink containers for water or your favorite beverage.
• Purchase used items when possible instead of buying new items.
• Sell or donate items instead of throwing them away.
• Rent things that are used infrequently rather than buying.
• Have broken items repaired rather than buying new.
Here are a few recycling facts:
• It takes 80 to 100 years for aluminum can to decompose in a landfill. Aluminum cans can be recycled into soda cans, pie plates, license plates, thumbtacks, aluminum foil and many other items. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a television for up to three hours.
• Glass takes more than one million years to decompose in a landfill. Glass can be recycled into jars, jewelry, bottles, dishes, drinking glasses, coffee mugs and many other items.
• It can take up to 700 years for plastic to decompose in a landfill. Plastic can be recycled into clothing, fiberfill for sleeping bags, toys, stuffed animals and many more items.
Information courtesy of the Jamestown Recycling Committee.