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Hi,<br>
I live in a very rural area where we don't get any recycling pick up.<br>
Our county does have a recycling center where I can drop off stuff though.<br>
My daughter has been wanting to recycle and so have I, but I don't know where to begin,<br>
What can be recycled what can't<br>
For instance the cereal box can, but the waxy wrapper inside that actually holds the cereal , can that.<br>
I have no clue where to begin.<br>
Any info would be great<br>
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It totally depends on your location. You should call the county recycling center and have them send you a brochure on what they take and how it needs to be prepared. For example, they may take newspapers and want you to bundle them and tie them with string.<br><br>
Some common things that your local recycling agency will take are:<br><br>
newspaper<br>
other paper (incl. cereal boxes etc.)<br>
corrugated cardboard<br>
metal cans<br>
glass containers<br>
plastic containers (depending on the number; look on the bottom and you'll see a number in a triangle)<br>
yard waste (grass clippings, hedge trimmings, etc.)<br><br>
Things like newspaper and other paper store in brown grocery sacks well. Things like food containers should be rinsed out before you put them in a bin or whatever so they don't get smelly before you can take them to the drop off point.<br><br>
You should also find out from them what they take in the way of hazardous waste, things that shouldn't be thrown away in the regular garbage like: paint, used motor oil, batteries, etc. If you take these things to them for proper disposal you're doing a good thing.<br><br>
One thing you can do at home is compost your food scraps (fruit and vegetable trimmings, eggshells, etc. but no meat or bones) as well as your yard waste. This stuff all breaks down into great fertilizer for your garden and really helps cut down on the volume of garbage. Recycling back into nature! (Forgive me if I'm telling you something you already know!)<br><br>
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YAY for your daughter for wanting to recycle!!!!! And YAY for you for raising a daughter who wants to recycle!!!!!! That's better than a lot of people I know, even adults! Okay so here's what we recycle in our house:<br><br>
-all plastics with a #1 or 2.(the number inside those little recycling triangles made out of arrows)<br><br>
-newspapers<br><br>
-magazines<br><br>
-old school handouts and tests, etc from my school work<br><br>
-old notebooks with notes in them(only after they've been used and used and used and you get the idea)<br><br>
-small scraps of paper(hey, each piece helps!)<br><br>
-any cardboard box from prepared foods like cereal, crackers, pasta, etc.<br><br>
-old books can go to the library or to hospitals or nursing homes<br><br>
-old clothing and toys go to goodwill<br><br>
-baby items get sold or given to friends<br><br>
-recieving blankets get cut up and used as baby wipes or sewn and used as mama cloth or cloth baby diapers or sewn into new doll clothing and diapers<br><br>
-all metal cans from canned veggies and beans and fruits<br><br>
-egg cartons and plastic fruit containers get used in art projects<br><br>
-food wastes such as eggshells, coffee grounds, and fruit and veggie trimmings are used in compost pile(no animal products though we are vegetarian anyway)<br><br>
I think that's abotui it. In my town we dont' have trash pick up and we do have to pay for our trash($1 per bag) but we DO have recycling pick up. Very smart on their part I think!!!!!!<br>
Score one for my town!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
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We are so lucky here in Ann Arbor, we can recycle so much and don't have to separate! They even take textiles, donating the usable stuff to charity! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
When my parents visit, I am always diving into the garbage to dig out the recyclables they toss away.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:
 

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Wow, I am so not on the same level as faerybugmady. However, we recycle where we can (saves on the garbage hauling...since it costs $50/month out here, we haul our own).<br>
A suggestion for idaismyname though...our telephone books come with a special section in the front that lists what the local recycle centers do and do not accept. Being a little scatterbrained, I found it helpful just to rip that page out and keep it posted so I can remember what I can take there.
 

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Renee_welch, we recycle so much out of necessity mostly. I'm a single mom and cant' afford to have lots of trash because we haul our own and it costs us $1 a bag. I do like the feelign it gives me to recycle and not use so much waste, but it began mostly out of necessity over our budget!!!<br>
Kathleen, I am guilty of garbage diving for recyclables too!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: When I visit my brother's house I am constantly pulling stuff out of the trash. After 9 years now he IS starting to get better. I finally see stuff in the recycle bin!!!!! Woohoo!!!!<br>
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