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Abshers, NC Most Common Recyclable Materials

Abshers, NC Recycling Guide

Recyclable Materials
Recycling Centers & Services; Scrap Metals; Waste Paper

Recyclable materials, including paper, glass, aluminum, and plastic.

Common materials that can be recycled include cans, cardboard, glass, magazines and newspapers, mixed paper, plastics and yard debris. Other materials such as motor oil and electronics can also be recycled – and must be recycled as disposing them in trash bins is illegal.

The following descriptions can help you decide how best to recycle.

Aluminum cans. Cans

Acceptable: Aluminum cans, aerosol cans (empty and without pressure), foil, bi-metals and metal food trays.

Labels can remain on the can. Clean only enough to prevent odors.

Not acceptable: Scrap metal, appliances, cans with paint or hazardous waste.
Cardboard. Cardboard and Chipboard

Acceptable: Corrugated cardboard, cereal or cracker boxes, shoe boxes, milk cartons, egg cartons, juice boxes and frozen food boxes. Flatten clean, corrugated cardboard or chipboard.

Break down and place in bundles no larger than 3’x3’ in size. Remove liners from cereal/cracker boxes.
Glass bottles. Glass

Acceptable: Bottles and jars (metal lids go with metal recyclables).

Recycle only clean, unbroken materials. Colors may be mixed (unless otherwise indicated) and labels may still be attached.

Not acceptable: Ceramics, tableware, Pyrex, windows, light bulbs or mirrors.
Newspaper Magazine and Newspapers

Acceptable: Soft cover books, catalogs, newspaper inserts and telephone books.

Not Acceptable: Rubber bands, plastic bags, product samples, water, dirt, mold or contamination.
Mixed Paper Mixed Paper

Acceptable: Mixed office paper, white or colored envelopes, white or colored copy paper, computer paper, wrapping paper, shredded paper, brown “kraft” envelopes and most junk mail that is not heavily glued or labeled.

Not Acceptable: Paper tissues, paper towels, neon paper, waxed or laminated paper, foil-lined paper, etc. Do not include dirty or food-stained paper.
Plastic bottles Plastics

Acceptable: Plastic bottles, jugs, transparent cartons and plastic bags.

Plastics are labeled from #1 to #7 indicating the type of plastic used to make the container. These plastics include:

1-PETE Polyethylene Terephtalate - PET or PETE: Soda bottles, water bottles, food jars and frozen meal packages.
2-HDPE High Density Polyethylene – HDPE: Milk jugs, plastic bags, detergent bottles, butter tubs, juice bottles and toiletry bottles.
3-PVC Polyvinyl Chloride – PVC: Pipes, some building materials, clamshell containers, food wrap and cooking oil bottles.
4-LDPE Low Density Polyethylene – LDPE: Grocery bags, shrink wrap, squeeze bottles, container lids, some food wraps, bread bags and bin liners.
5-PP Polypropylene: Yogurt cups, wide-neck containers, medicine bottles, ketchup, syrup bottles, straws and bottle caps.
6-PS Polystyrene – Styrofoam: Disposable plates and cups, packing peanuts, take-out containers, CD cases, foam packaging, plastic cutlery and packaging for electronics.
7-OTHER All Other Plastics: Any plastic not falling into one of the above categories; typically includes plastics made from corn, potato or sugar derivatives.

Check with your local recycling service to see which number it accepts. Often the number of the plastic is located on the bottom of the packaging for reference. There is no need to remove labels or brands.
Yard Clippings Yard Debris

Acceptable: Glass clippings, branches, leaves, vegetable trimmings, and tree trunks (cut up). Contact your local collection agency for more information.

Not Acceptable: Tree stumps, rocks, dirt or dog waste.
Automotive Fluids Automotive

Acceptable: Motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze and tires.

Not Acceptable: Motor oil contaminated with water, antifreeze, brake fluid, engine cleaner or fuel, etc.
Electronic Waste Electronics – E-Waste

Broken Computer MonitorsE-Waste consists of items containing lead, mercury and cadmium. Examples: televisions, computer monitors/towers and batteries. Do not throw televisions and computer monitors in the garbage. They are banned from landfill disposal sites due to the lead contained in the glass screens. Check with your local garbage service to find out where to dispose of these items. Do not throw household batteries (including rechargeable and alkaline batteries) in the garbage. Separate them from other items and take them to the local hazardous waste collection facility. Always remember to remove batteries before discarding electronics.

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