Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Right This Summer
Whether you're breaking out the water toys, outdoor furniture, goggles and s'more sticks, planning to recreate locally, or having a cookout at home, it's important to remember how to properly recycle, reduce waste, and dispose of trash properly. Follow these tips to reduce, reuse, and recycle right this summer.
- Choose reusable plates, cups, cutlery, napkins and straws if possible. There are many non-breakable, lightweight options you can use outdoors.
- Learn how to make your own drinks with simple ingredients that create less waste than single-serving beverage containers.
- When switching from spring to summer items, donate items you find that you no longer need. Follow your local rules regarding COVID-19.
- Repair summer items you find that are broken.
- Reduce wasted food and stretch your food dollars by meal planning.
- Compost food scraps if you can.
- Most recycling programs can't accept single-use paper or plastic plates, cups, straws, and cutlery. Check your local recycling program rules.
- Only recycle foil that is free of food residue.
- Paper napkins, tissues, paper towel and wipes do not belong in the recycling bin.
- Clean out ketchup and mustard bottles using a little water, shaking the bottle, and pouring liquid out before recycling them. Keep a small spatula by the sink with your dish washing supplies to clean out jars.
- Grill beyond repair? Contact your local recycling coordinator, transfer station, or scrap metal yard to ask if it can be recycled in a scrap metal program.
- Gas tanks and canisters from grills cannot be recycled in your home recycling bin.
- Not in the bin! Gardening gloves, tools, flip flops, goggles, pool toys, like jackets, beach chairs, and outdoor furniture do not belong in your recycling bin.
- Dispose of trash responsibly, avoid placing trash in overflowing bins, and keep a lid on curbside bins and totes.
- Do not litter disposable masks and gloves. Keep a small baggie or container with you on the go to place used items in to throw away later if a trash container is not available. Masks and gloves do not belong in home recycling bins.