Did you know that more than 75% of the average household’s trash can either be recycled or composted? If you have bi-weekly trash pick up in Fountain Hills, you can switch to a once-weekly pickup and get separate trash and recycling bins. It will save you $5 on your monthly bill and keeps recyclables from heading to the landfill.
Recycling is not the ultimate answer to our problem with plastics, but it is a step in the right direction. Think about how you can recycle the following:
- Glass: Glass food and beverage containers can be recycled an infinite number of times without loss of quality or purity. Recycling glass reduces emissions, energy usage and the consumption of raw materials. Do not recycle windows, ovenware, Pyrex, crystal, etc. These items are created through a different production method. For more information, visit http://www.gpi.org/recycling/glass-recycling-facts.
- Paper: Paper can be recycled 5-7 times before it has to be combined with virgin fibers. One ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water and 463 gallons of oil. You can include cardboard, shoe boxes, food boxes, etc. Do not recycle wax-coated containers, facial or toilet paper, paper towels or napkins. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2K7BSbB .
- Aluminum & metals: Aluminum is the most valuable item in the recycling bin. Americans throw away $700 million worth of aluminum cans every year. Nearly 75% of all aluminum produced in the United States is still used today. Tin cans can also be recycled. For more details on aluminum recycling, visit https://www.aluminum.org/industries/production/recycling .
- Plastics: Large-scale efforts are being made to keep plastic out of the waste stream since it is non-biodegradable. The sad fact is that 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year where it never disappears. Plastics harm ocean life, lodges in the bodies of fish and birds, and as a result of being part of the human food chain, it is now being found in human bodies. Plastic can only be recycled so many times before it can no longer be recycled and must enter the landfill. Residents can recycle plastics with code symbols 1-7, soda bottles, detergent bottles, milk jugs, and clear food containers. For more information, visit https://learn.eartheasy.com/articles/plastics-by-the-numbers/ .
Fountain Hills utilizes the services of Republic Services, a company that offers $10,000 grants back to our community’s non-profit organizations. Check out their informative Trash & Recycling Service Guide for Fountain Hills residents: http://bit.ly/2zc434N .