Recycling Center

Reduce, reuse, recycle…

We have a recycling center in our parking lot. This center takes the following:

  • Newspaper
  • Magazines/White Paper
  • #1 & #2 Plastics (descriptions of these below)
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Steel Cans
  • Cardboard
  • Glass

We do not allow CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lights), as they are hazardous.

Wondering what type of plastics you have and if they are eligible to be recycled in our center? Here’s all the information*:

Accepted in our recycling center:

#1 PETE plastics consist of polyethylene terephthalate and are most easily recyclable. Items include: pop bottles, water bottles, ketchup bottles.

#2 plastics HDPE consist of highly dense polyethylene and are fairly easy to recycle. Items include: many heavyweight jars, cleaner containers, milk jugs, lotion bottles.

Not accepted in our recycling center:

#3 plastics PVC consist of polyvinyl chloride and is the most damaging of all plastics. It leaches phthalates when used and releases carcinogenic dioxins when manufactured and burned. Items include: most clamshells, some waterbottles and some small containers.

#4 and #5 plastics LDPE and PP consist of low density polyethylene and polypropylene and are reasonably safe. Items include: most reusable household product containers, yogurt containers, medicine bottles.

#6 plastics PS consist of polystyrene and are mainly on “to go” containers. This type of plastic can leach styrene, a carcinogen. Items include: disposable containers that most restaraunts use, picnic ware and cd cases.

#7 plastics PC consist of polycarbonate which can potentially leach bisphenol-A, a hormone disruptor. Items of #7 PC include: large water bottles, some to-go containers, honey containers. #7 plastics PLA are not recyclable – be sure to check this before recycling.

*Researched from http://ecocycle.org.