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Top 11 Tips to Become an Expert at Recycling

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  • To become an expert recycler, learn what you can recycle and what you cannot; make sure recyclables are empty, clean and dry, and place all recyclables loose into your recycle bin (do not put them in plastic bags)
  • Obvious ways to reduce waste of all kinds is to reduce overall consumption, avoid buying products made from or packaged in plastic whenever possible, and opt for reusable products over single-use
  • Give clothes and gently used household items to charities; use online sites like that allow you to give products away; ask friends and family if anyone might want or need the items you’re getting rid of
  • Soft plastics such as plastic shopping bags and food storage bags cannot be recycled as they clog the sorting machines. Ditto for plastic straws and bottle caps
  • Combination items such as Bubble Wrap envelopes require special attention. While both plastic and paper can be recycled individually, when they’re combined into one product, they cannot, unless they’re separated first

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