Update for recyclable items

recyclingAs we try to reduce the amount of waste going to our landfills, it is tempting to add more and more items to our recycling bins. But we need to keep in mind that the processes that are used to separate our recycling have limits and we need to be aware of what can go in the bins and what cannot. (Dorchester County is currently struggling with the issue of expanding its landfill.)

What can be recycled:

Cardboard and paperboard – any boxes that can be flattened, should be flattened.

Paper – junk mail, envelopes (including window envelopes), newspapers and other paper that can be torn will be accepted. BUT, at least until the new Charleston Recycling Center is completed next year, no shredded paper will be accepted as it gums up the machines.

Plastic (#1-7) and all glass bottles – as long as they are rinsed clean and the caps can be left on.

Aluminum and steel cans – even empty aerosol cans will be accepted.

What cannot be recycled:

No plastic bags or plastic wrap
No loose shredded paper
No scrap metal
No styrofoam
No liquids or food waste
No rope-like items (including Christmas lights etc.)
No diapers or hazardous waste
No propane tanks

Household hazardous waste and e-waste (including batteries) should be taken to the SIPOA maintenance center on the first Friday morning of each month.

If you wish to have a flyer with this list from Charleston Recycling, please contact me at richard.siegel2552@gmail.com or stop by the POA office.

-Submitted by Richard Siegel
Waste and Recycling
Environmental Committee

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