Paper, which includes everything from packaging to mail, makes up the largest percentage of the municipal solid waste stream at 33 percent. It’s also one of the most recovered materials, as recycling opportunities are often readily available.
In 2011, 66.8 percent of paper consumed in the United States was recycled. Every ton of paper recycled saves more than 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space, and if you measure by weight, more paper is recovered for recycling than plastic, aluminum and glass combined.
- Guide to Recycling for Schools – How to Initiate And Implement a Waste Reduction Program (recyclereminders.com)
- Repair Our Environment! Pro’s for Recycling! (proflowers.com)
- Think Green Thursdays: Recycling Paper Is Important! (hothits957.cbslocal.com)
- Recycling Information – Turning Waste to Products (fellomycal01.wordpress.com)
Reduce – Buy wisely and buy less. Reduce the amount of products you buy.
Reuse – Give your recyclable items a second chance. Reuse whatever you can and donate good used items to a church or favorite charity.
Recycle – Buy products that are recycled or that can be recycled. Recycle everything you can.
* All Paper
Including books, junk mail, envelopes, newspaper, inserts, telephone books, magazines, catalogs, flattened paper milk cartons, juice boxes, office paper including computer, copy & ledger paper, construction paper & manila folders, paper bags and packaging.
* All Cardboard
Including flattened cereal & other dry food boxes.
* All Plastic (except Styrofoam)
click here for more info on plastic
Including milk & juice containers, shrink & bubble wrap,
plastic grocery bags, & plastic toys.
“Please empty and remove caps”
* ALL Metal
Including aluminum cans, tin/steel cans,
empty paint & aerosol cans, lawn chair frames, metal frames, all steel items (remember all items must fit loosely in your cart).
* Small Appliances
Including transistor radios, blow-dryers, curling irons,
small microwave ovens, coffee pots, toaster ovens, small power tools (batteries removed).
* Glass (empty)
Including all container glass, jars, and bottles.
“No sheet glass, windows, ceramic glass, or mirrors.”
These items do not go in the recycling area.
* Trash, diapers, rubber hoses, carpets, clothing, styrofoam, soiled paper
* Yard clippings, fruit (place in your green cart)
* Motor oil / filters (please see the Used Motor Oil page for more information on Recycling)
* Toxic materials (See Household Hazardous Waste above)
Please visit our Contamination page for more information.
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- 15 things not allowed in Saskatoon recycling bins (cbc.ca)
- The Changing Culture of Disposability (makewealthhistory.org)