A Quick Guide to Recycling Plastic

A Quick Guide to Recycling Plastic

If you’re trying to lower your carbon footprint, one of the best ways to do it is by recycling. At Lakeshore Recycling Systems, we deal with a variety of materials that can be recycled and find new purposes. One of them is plastic. Plastic recycling rates have been rising in the United States, but there’s still some work to do. That’s why we want to give our commercial and residential customers here in Chicagoland some tips on how they can recycle more, especially plastic material.

Keep the Caps On

Some people may not realize that the caps on their plastic bottles are meant to be recycled as well. These hard plastic pieces can also go in the bin along with just about any type of plastic bottle. When you recycle these bottle caps they can find new life as storage bins, bike racks, and even auto parts. There are a lot of uses for that top on your soda bottle or milk jug.

Remember Your Plastic Containers

Most people know that they need to recycle plastic bottles, but it can be easy to forget about some of the other plastic materials that take up space in your fridge or kitchen cabinets. Most plastic containers are also recyclable. If you eat yogurt for breakfast or a quick snack, recycle that container. Containers for many condiments or cooking ingredients can also be recycled.

Check Your Bathroom and Other Areas of the House

You should focus on more than your kitchen when you’re recycling plastic. There are plenty of plastic containers in other rooms of the house, like your bathroom, that can also be recycled. The bottles that contain shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, and other containers in your bathroom can probably be recycled; just look for the recycling symbol on the bottom.

On that same note, check out some other rooms of your house when you’re increasing your recycling efforts. Your garage could have some gardening products or automotive products that come in recyclable plastic containers. The detergent and fabric softener in your laundry room could also be in recyclable bottles. Don’t overlook these kinds of plastic containers when you’re trying to go green.

Look For Recycling Bins When You’re Outside

Plenty of areas now have public recycling bins. If you finish that bottle of soda or water when you’re out-and-about, don’t just throw the bottle in the first receptacle you see. Hold onto it and find a recycling bin. Many public areas, from stadiums to parks, have plastic recycling containers. If you really can’t find a recycling bin, take your bottle home with you and throw it in with the rest of the recycling. This small step can make a big difference.

Recycle Plastic Bags

While you can’t put your grocery bags out to the curb in most areas, you can bring them back to a local grocery store. Many of these Chicago recycling drop offs will accept plastic bread bags, dry cleaning bags, and other plastic materials as well. Recycling them instead of throwing them out is the way to go.

When it comes to recycling in Chicagoland, the professionals at Lakeshore Recycling Systems are the leaders. We pride ourselves on our commitment to our communities and our planet. If you are planning a home remodeling project or commercial construction project, we can help with that as well. We provide mulch, roll-off dumpsters, street sweepers, portable restrooms and many other valuable services. Call today and learn how we can assist you.

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