What Not to Recycle

Recycling is good.

Right?

Actually there are a few things you should not recycle.

from aetherczar

In the interest of public safety and, as always, your edification, here is a list of stuff you should not throw in the recycling bin.

1. Juice boxes.

from epromos

Even the ones that look like bananas.

Unless the carton says that you can recycle it, assume that you cannot.

2. Bright Paper

from gwchadwick

Remember that episode of Friends where Rachel, the laundry virgin, washes a red sock with her whites and every thing looks like a Peep?

from secondlife

Same idea.

3. Batteries

from gizmodo

My rule of thumb is: if it leaches acid, don’t recycle it.

4. Napkins and Paper Towels

from officestockusa

Who knows what you wiped up with it?

5. Styrofoam

from green4u

Styrofoam needs a separate recycling center. Check with your local community for availability.

Better yet–don’t use Styrofoam.

6. Medical Waste

from mynews

Duh.

7. Aerosol Cans

from atyourservice

Aerosol cans are hazardous waste and should be disposed of as such.

Makes you reconsider the hair spray, huh?

8. Microfiche

from accesssystems

In the off chance that you have some around the house–this is also considered hazardous waste and should not even be thrown away. I’ve recently encountered microfiche at work and learned how detrimental it can be to the environment (and the water table, etc.). Contact your local waste pick up service to see how to dispose of these little buggers.

9. Lightbulbs

from bkwatkins

Too impractical to recycle. Other glass, such as bottles, is fine.

10. Tires

from costco

Nope. Don’t pitch the used tires into the recycle bin! Most states require tires to be disposed of separately (the front yard works just fine in Alabama), and you usually have already paid the fee (when you bought the tires).

All right, take your new found knowledge and proceed and be green!

Coming soon: What Not to Compost.

suck it, martha.

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7 Comments on “What Not to Recycle”

  1. Alyson
    August 4, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    you have left a few things off your list:
    -diapers
    -pizza boxes
    -radioactive material
    -bodies

    ps you have no idea how many times the people ive worked for have “recycled” styrofoam egg cartons and half-eaten yogurt cups. she also throws away any left over food from a meal if it has any dairy in it because she doesn’t believe reheating dairy is safe.

    • August 4, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

      Thanks for adding to the list! Good point, radioactive materials and bodies should not be recycled.

    • August 4, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

      Also–the upcoming post on composting mentions the dead bodies thing. Good call.

  2. Roger Riddle
    August 4, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    I have a question about those banana juice boxes. I’ve never heard of banana juice. Is that what those are?

    • August 4, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

      A tropical juice blend–guess the banana made a better visual than a mango or papaya.

  3. August 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    Some batteries can be recycled. At the Recycling Center on Donahue in the little hut-like building there are seperate bins for rechargable and non-rechargable batteries – dry cell only; AA, AAA, C, D, cell phone, hearing aid. No recycling of batteries containing liquid acid, because as you said who wants to leach acid into their environment? Only very evil and/or apathetic people (you know who you are) would wish to do further harm to Mother Nature!

    • August 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

      Thanks for the tip, Tina! Good to know that there is local battery recycling.

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