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Strategies to Get Plastic Out of Your Life
2-page fact sheet from the Ecology Center. Also lists the 7 common types of plastics & their drawbacks.
Recycling: Where do delivery boxes and packaging end up?
5-min. clip from the Today Show 4/19/21. At about the 2-min. mark is segment of specific common items that are not recyclable (in typical bins); at the 4:15 min. mark - tips (such as refuse single-use - like ketchup packets).
Tips to Recycle Right
"NEVER put your recyclables in plastic bags and never put any plastic bags in your regular recycling bin or recycling dumpster. " "...making too many mistakes can cause even the good materials to go to the landfills. So instead of wish-cycling, make sure every common recyclable such as, metal cans, plastic bottles, plastic jugs, clean cardboard and clean paper gets recycled. And if you're not sure about something, let it go to the landfill to avoid contamination." From Recycle Across America
Mixed Curbside Residential Recycling Myths
charts; 12 pages. From Waste Management, 2019
The recycling mistakes you're likely making
Pizza boxes - no (greasy residue)
From CNN.com. 1:35
Recycling: You May Be Doing it Wrong
Plastic bottle cap ok (on the empty container) ; plastic shopping bags - best to return to a store - "though the type of plastic (#2 and #4) that’s used to make plastic bags is recyclable, throwing them in with the rest of your recycling has ramifications down the line." From the Smithsonian, 2014
Why recycling efforts are getting trashed
NO - paper plates, paper towels, tissues. From CBS, April 2019. about 6 minutes.
Local Recycling locations
Inside the Library and some other buildings -- large blue recycling bins for office paper.
Inside most buildings on campus - green bins for -- aluminum cans; plastic bottles and plastic containers [not plastic shopping bags -- for those, both Publix (outside) and Target (inside) offer recycling bins].
Georgia Tech - Recycling sites
East Campus main dropoff is at intersection of Sixth Street and Techwood Drive. Glass bottles; cardboard too.
Dekalb County - Recycling Centers
Locations to recycle mixed paper, glass bottles, electronics. Several Dekalb County Public Library branches are part of the program; some fire stations, county parks. Call to see if that location is still in the program.
Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful
Select the type of material you wish to recycle (long, detailed list); locations in Gwinnett County provided.
Keep Cobb Beautiful
Locations in Cobb County for recycling.
Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM)
Typically, once a month events in Buckhead and Chamblee/Brookhaven (but, in spring/summer 2020 - Hill St. only, by appt.)
Keep Atlanta Beautiful
Recycling "database"; they no longer have recycling events.
Georgia Recycling Coalition
Detailed info. - e.g., on what can be recycled ("Tools & Resources" tab; Citizen Resource Guides)
Many locations accept electronics. Note: sometimes a fee; check website. Also, this has been temporarily suspended spring/summer 2020.