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Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

Reduction and reuse are the most effective and desirable ways to save natural resources, protect the environment and save money. The phrase, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” is placed in that order to demonstrate best practices for a better environment.

By doing this, you will:
  • Prevent pollution
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Save money
  • Save energy
  • Help sustain the environment
  • Reduce the amount of waste recycled, landfilled, or incinerated.





REDUCE & REUSE
  • Buy used products
  • Only buy products with minimal packaging
  • Buy reusable instead of disposable items
  • Maintain and repair products
  • Borrow, rent, or share items
  • Donate
RECYCLE

Single Stream Recycling
Easier than ever, just mix all recycling together!

Mixed Paper

  • File folders and office paper
  • Flattened paperboard and paper bags
  • Junk mail, magazines, newspapers
  • Paperback books
  • Paper towel and toilet paper rolls
  • White and colored paper

Plastics - Bottles, jars, jugs, tubs #1 - 7

  • Beverage bottles
  • Gallon jugs
  • Food bottles, jars, jugs, and tubs
  • Must be clean and dry.  Please discard all food and liquid.
  • NO styrofoam

Aluminum and Steel Cans

  • Beer, juice, and soda cans
  • Food cans
  • Aerosol cans (Must be completely empty.)
  • Must be clean and dry.  Please discard all food and liquid.

Glass - Bottles, jars, and jugs

  • Food jars
  • Beer, juice, and soda bottles
  • Wine and spirit bottles
  • Must be clean and dry.  Please discard all food and liquid.
  • NO plate glass (windows) or dinnerware (Pyrex, etc.)

Cardboard

  • Must be flattened and either bundled or placed inside another cardboard box for collection.
  • Do not mix trash and food waste with cardboard.