Follow our guide to setting up recycling stations at home, to make sure you're recycling in every room and collecting special recyclables for drop-off.
Wasting less food, and composting uneaten food, are just as important as recycling. If you aren't composting your food scraps yet, it's an easy and cheap way to lower your household's climate impact.
While recycling is a great way to keep materials in use as long as possible, reusing what already exists and reducing how much waste you make is even better! Check out our reuse and waste reduction ideas for ways to waste less food, celebrate holidays with less waste, and more.
Why not everything is recyclable
Unfortunately, not everything is recyclable. The recycling system is based on economic markets. That means that businesses need to be willing to buy the used material to turn into new products. Some items aren't recyclable because:
- they cannot be sorted in our facilities,
- they're made of mixed materials that can't be separated, or
- there isn't a viable market to buy and use the material to manufacture new products.
Recycling only the things we accept in your carts is one of the most important things you can do to help the recycling system.
More ways to support a better recycling system
- Support legislation at the state level that raises recycled content standards, implements producer stewardship and extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs, and limits the use of hard-to-recycle items like StyrofoamTM
- Buy products made with post-consumer recycled content to support the market for recycled material