America Recycles Day is Wednesday, Nov. 15. Follow these tips to make sure you recycle right every day:
- Plastic: Think “bottles, tubs, jars and jugs” only. To make your recycling efforts more accurate, don’t look for numbers or recycling symbols, just recycle:
• Bottles: containers for water, salad dressing or shampoo.
• Tubs: containers with snap-on lids, such as those for margarine or coffee, and small buckets.
• Jars: containers with screw-on lids, such as those for peanut butter, medicines or hand cream.
• Jugs: containers with a molded handle, such as those for milk or detergent.
- No plastic bags, film, wrap or air-filled packing pillows. Many grocery or retail stores offer plastic bag collection bins near their entrances. Find a drop-off location at bit.ly/howtorecyclebags. Do not put recyclable materials in plastic bags for curbside recycling.
- “Styrofoam” is not recyclable, even if it has a recycling symbol on it. This includes foam packing materials, coffee cups and takeout containers.
- No “tanglers.” Don’t recycle items that can get wrapped in the sorting equipment. No strings, wires, hoses, cords, light strands, VHS cassettes, hangers or plastic bags.
- Avoid “wishful recycling.” When in doubt, throw it out.
To learn more about recycling in Rockville, including special collections and food scraps drop-off sites, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/recycling-trash.