Recycle

Not everywhere is recycling friendly, but we are lucky here in OKC to have that option. The City of OKC provides a blue recycle bin, where plastic, paper, glass can be put out for weekly pick up. You don’t even have to separate them! Also, batteries, cell phone and those great long life light bulbs can also be recycled but you will need to take them to a specific drop off point.
Your plastic grocery bags actually do not get recycled. They are bundled and set to land fills. So a great alternative is to use them for liners for your bathroom trash can or for when you take your sweet dog for their nightly walk.

Here are 5 tips to amp up your recycling efforts:
1) Stop unwanted advertising mail. RethinkRecycling.com tells you how to do it!
2) Buy in bulk to avoid excess packaging. For example, buy juice, snacks and other lunch items in bulk and use reusable containers to bring them to school or work.
3) Buy smaller quantities of perishable foods. It saves rotten tomatoes from the landfill and saves you money!
4) Shop with reusable bags beyond the grocery store. Remember to bring bags with you when you go to department and hardware stores, clothing retailers and everywhere else you shop!
5) Reduce waste by purchasing durable goods and reusing, repairing, sharing, and donating items instead of throwing them away.

Also remember the “3 R’s” of recycling:
• Reduce
o Buy in bulk to reduce packaging.
o Use reusable bags and containers when shopping or packing lunches.
o Make use of community resources, like libraries or rental stores, to borrow materials instead of purchasing.
o Bypass a single-use product if a refillable or reusable version is available.
o Check into getting a broken household item repaired before you replace it.
• Reuse
o Many people throw out items that would be useful to others, leaving our garbage cans full and others wanting or buying new the very things that are being thrown away!
o Find a new home for your unwanted items, including clothing or household goods, by hosting a garage sale, using an online resale or donation site, or donating to a thrift shop or charitable organization. And remember to check these same outlets when you are looking for new-to-you stuff. Check out our donation and resale opportunities page.
• Recycle
o About 40 percent of what we throw away can be recycled, according to a study released in 2013 by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
o Find options for recycling items in the Resident Guide. Common household items, including appliances, electronics, textiles, household items, automotive, lawn and garden, are all in the guide.
o Are you using your curbside recycling to its fullest? Make sure you’re recycling as much as you can, including paper, cartons, metal, plastic and glass from the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, office and other areas throughout your house.
o The paper, metal and glass you recycle are manufactured into new paper, cans, bottles and jars. Recycled plastic is manufactured into a variety of items, from toothbrushes to chairs to soda bottles to carpet.
o Not recycling costs money. In 2010, 1.2 million tons of recyclable material with an estimated value of $285 million was thrown away. Instead, it cost more than $200 million to dispose of this material in landfills, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

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