Republic Services shares five curbside recycling tips for Earth Day
To mark Earth Day, Republic Services is sharing myth-busting plastics recycling tips to help consumers be better recyclers. Demand is growing for recycled plastic to use in consumer packaging, so it's especially important that plastic bottles, jugs, and containers make their way into the recycling bin.
"Republic Services is committed to helping our customers put sustainability in action. We know people want to recycle, but there are a lot of misconceptions around recycling plastics. This Earth Day we want to clear those up," said Pete Keller, vice president of recycling and sustainability at Republic Services. "By recycling, you can help turn your plastic water bottle into another water bottle. Recycling helps preserve natural resources, reduces emissions and contributes to a more sustainable world."
In the U.S., only about 30 percent of single-use plastic bottles and jugs are recycled. While recycling rates are low, demand is high for this recycled plastic. Many consumer brands have pledged to use more recycled content in their packaging, and some states are even requiring it.
The top 5 plastics recycling myths:
The myth that plastic doesn't really get recycled
Plastic bottles, jugs, containers, and tubs are widely accepted for recycling in communities across the country, and there is strong demand for these materials.
The myth that anything plastic can go into the recycling bin
Know what to put into curbside recycling bins. Generally, plastic bottles with necks or handles, or plastic containers and tubs are recyclable in curbside containers.
The myth that plastic grocery bags can be recycled curbside
Plastic bags require special handling to be recycled and should not go into a curbside container. Return them to collection bins at the grocery or big-box store.
The myth that recyclables should be bagged
Recyclables should never be bagged. Place them loosely in recycling bins. Plastic bags can wrap around and jam equipment at recycling facilities, causing delays or damage.
The myth that anything with a recycling symbol should go in the recycling bin
The "chasing arrows" symbol generally identifies the type of plastic used in a container or indicates that an item contains recycled content, but it does not mean that an item is recyclable.