Bay Park Recycling Is Alive and Well

Recycling is one of those things that most people know they should do but guiltily avoid because it seems too complicated. There are all those rules about sorting and what can and can’t go into your bin. Why bother, right? Wrong! Recycling is easy, and the results are huge. When you recycle, your items get repurposed and put into new materials. The use of recycled glass, paper, and plastic alone saves billions of tons of energy every year, not to mention the materials themselves. And did you know that one aluminum can can be endlessly recycled, never becoming to fragile for another round of recycling? Why wouldn’t you recycle?

Local Programs

You can find local recycling centers if you don’t have curbside pick-up. Many people look to recycling centers for specialty items like batteries or electronics. You shouldn’t throw away these items because they are toxic, and contain things like harmful heavy metals that pollute the environment and could cause harmful disease to humans and animals in the area. On the other hand, centers do exist that provide safe and easy disposal of these items for you. Why risk throwing them away? Most of the time, there are laws in place that forbid you from doing so anyway. You can find drop-off locations at local businesses and schools.

Keep It Simple

Curbside recycling is easy to do. You don’t have to sort your materials if you have a blue bin, though the City of San Diego does prefer you put shredded paper materials in bags for convenience and cleanliness. The items that you can’t recycle are common sense, things like batteries, medical sharps, and plastic containers that held toxic materials like paint.

Just Ask

If you don’t know if something is recyclable, call a local recycling center and ask. Even if they don’t handle the material, they will probably know who will. It is always a good idea to check if you are unsure.

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