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15 Recycling Tips: Some to Fill the Blue, Some to Reuse Everyday Items.

1. Keep a small blue recycling bin in your kitchen for easier recycling. When you fill it, take the items outside.

2. Recyclable materials come in 4 basic groups: paper, plastic, metal and glass.
Paper: cereal boxes, newspapers, magazines, cardboard, junkmail and telephone books.
Plastic: containers #1 - #7, like water bottles, detergent containers and milk containers.
Glass: any bottles or jars and the glass can be clear, brown or green.
Metal: usually hold things we eat or drink, like aluminum cans but they can also be made of tin and steel.

3. Whenever possible rinse out items before placing them in the blue recycling bin.

4. Purchase recycled items or buy new items in recyclable containers or packaging.

5. Use reusable shopping bags to keep plastic bags out of our landfills.

6. Recycle junk mail or reuse it as scratch paper.

7. Recycle worn-out rechargeable batteries like those used in cell phones, computers, or power tools.

8. Plastic grocery bags are often collected in at grocery stores.

9. Use reusable shopping bags to keep plastic bags out of our landfills.

10. Glass jars & bottles can easily become a vase or pour wax in for candles.

11. Donate your household items to a local charity like Goodwill or Salvation Army instead of tossing them in the trash.

12. Don't buy styrofoam peanut packaging - but if you come across some - reuse it!

13. Recycle your old magazines - give them to doctor or dentist offices.

14. Use rechargeable batteries.

15. Know what to recycle in your community.

Do you have a recycling tip or two for us to add to the list? We're always looking for new ways to Fill the Blue or for creative ideas that help all of us cut down on waste.

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