I’ve been writing a lot about recycling recently and thought it would be helpful to have a page devoted to recycling resources. It’s an important topic, particularly with significant changes taking place in the recycling industry that will impact our communities.
I’ll add to Recycling Resources as I come across new information, but let me know if I’ve missed anything!
Recycling 101: What is Recycling?
My post – Does Recycling Work? – outlines the recycling process from beginning to end. Worth a read to understand the process and its challenges.
How to Recycle
Keep America Beautiful‘s How to Recycle page lists a few commonly recycled materials and how to recycle them.
Waste Management, the country’s largest residential garbage and recycling company devotes its page, Recycle Often Recycle Right, to explaining how to recycle. It provides downloadable materials to get you organized and ready to recycle right.
The EPA has a How to Recycle page with guides for how to recycle the most common recyclables.
What to Recycle
Personal Creations lists over 200 items that can be recycled and provides detailed information on how to recycle these items. One of my go-to recycling resources!
EPA’s Facts and Figures about Materials, Waste and Recycling. This page is packed with information and up-to-date stats. You’ll find the annual report to be your go-to source for all data related to recycling in this country. One of the key recycling resources!
Recycle Nation‘s Surprising Recycling Statistics page is worth taking a look at. It really is surprising to learn how much waste each of us generates!
Specific Recycling Rules and Locators for Your Community
Your Town or City Website
Start here. The waste management page of your municipality’s website will have most of what you need to find.
Earth911. Search by zip code for curbside information and other recycling locations. With over 350 materials and 100,000+ listings, Earth911 maintains one of North America’s most extensive recycling databases.
Simply dial 1-800-CLEANUP, or enter in the material you’re trying to recycle along with your zip code.
Keep America Beautiful has a searchable database by zip code and by material.
Locators for Specific Non-Curbside Recyclables
Electronics. E-Cycling Central has a searchable directory of reuse, recycling, and donation programs. Just click on the map to find a location near you.
“Non-Recyclables.” TerraCycle, a private company, will collect and recycle almost any form of waste. Just type the item you want to recycle into their search bar. A fee is sometimes applied for their service.
Get Involved: Recycling Campaigns
Campaign to Institute Standardized Labels
Recycle Across America is a non profit organization that has created a standardized labeling system for recycling bins to make it easier for people to begin to recycle right, wherever they might be. The website includes:
- Labels for every recycling sorting situation and need.
- Recycling toolkit to create a successful recycling program in your community or school.
- Email template to contact your local officials.
Recycling Anti-Contamination Kit for Communities
The Recycling Partnership‘s anti-contamination kit is designed to provide steps, tools, and resources to help you improve the quality of your community’s recycling program.
Recycling News Outlets
Waste Dive has an excellent and well maintained state-by-state summary of recycling news. Given the transformation in the recycling industry with China’s recycling policy changes, Waste Dive is well worth a periodic scan to monitor changes in your state.
Science Daily has a Recycling and Waste section that’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest recycling news.