What is Recycling?

Solid Waste Division

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!


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According to the EPA recycling is "the separation and collection of materials that otherwise would be considered waste, the processing and remanufacturing of these items into new products, and the use of the recycled products to complete the cycle." Recycling turns items like those bottles, paper, and cans that you're done with into new products. LRecycles promotes recycling because it reduces the use of virgin raw materials during production, reduces energy usage, reduces air and water pollution, and lowers greenhouse gas emissions.

Practically everything can be recycled, but only certain items are accepted in our curbside recycling program. See this list for more information. Curbside recycling is picked up on the same day as regular trash pick up.

Did you know that it takes just sixty (60) days for an aluminum can to be recycled and placed back on the supermarket shelf? Aluminum cans can also be infinitely recycled!

Plastics can be recycled back into plastic products as well as into other products like carpet, cloth, and playground equipment.

Other recycling facts:

  • Every American makes about four (4) pounds of garbage daily.

  • Every month Americans throw away enough glass bottles and jars to fill up a giant skyscraper (like the Empire State Building).

  • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours.

  • Recycling one (1)-ton (approximately 2,000 pounds) of paper saves seventeen (17) trees, two (2) barrels of oil (enough to run the average car for 1,260 miles), 4,100 Kilowatts of energy (enough to power the average home for six (6) months) 3.2 Cubic-yards of landfill, and sixty (60) pounds of pollution.

In fact, by recycling you are diverting waste from the landfill - saving space, time, and money each time you recycle! Dial 311 Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, or click here.


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