Charcoal, Ash, Novelty Fireworks, and Propane Tank Disposal

It’s officially summer! And with summertime comes grilling and barbeques in our backyards and local parks. And occasionally there might be a novelty firework in the mix for fun. Along with the seasonal good times, we want to remind everyone that charcoal, ashes, novelty fireworks, and propane tanks are NOT recyclable and should never be put in your recycling cart. Charcoal, ashes, and novelty fireworks should only be put into your trash carts once they’ve been properly managed. The city of Peoria Fire Department outlines the following steps to take before tossing any of these items into your trash: “First it is essential that residents not only let this material cool down, but the Fire Department highly encourages the use […]

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Recycling in the Bathroom

Recycling in the Bathroom – Boxes and Cardboard

As we discussed in our recent Bathroom 101 post, there are a lot of recyclables in the bathroom. Following plastics (learn more about at Recycling in the Bathroom – Plastics), cardboard and boxes are most likely the second-largest source of recyclables in the room where we all get ready each day. Another main source of bathroom recyclables is cardboard, most of all in box form. Common Bathroom Boxes Here is a list of bathroom boxes that are recyclable. Boxes of bandages Boxes used to package toothpaste tubes Tissue boxes Boxes of soap Boxes with medications inside Boxes of hair product such as dyes and root touch-up treatments Boxes used to package contact solution bottles Boxes used to package containers of […]

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Recycling in the Bathroom

Recycling in the Bathroom – The Tough Questions

Do you have a recycling bin in your bathroom? If not, consider adding one next to your trash bin to collect typical bathroom recyclables like shampoo bottles, tissue boxes, hairspray cans, and toilet paper rolls. Do I have to rinse all the shampoo or conditioner out of the bottle before recycling it? Get as much of the liquid out of the bottle as you can and let it dry. Can I recycle toilet paper rolls? Absolutely. Get as much toilet paper off as you can and throw it in with the other recyclables. What about the plastic wrap my toilet paper comes in? No. Plastic wrap is like plastic shopping bags. It is not recyclable. Should I leave the pump […]

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Recycling in the Bathroom

Recycling in the Bathroom – Plastics

The bathroom is often an overlooked location in your home for recycling. However, the bathroom provides many opportunities to recycle, especially when it comes to plastics. Plastic containers, bottles, jars, and tubes are found in the bathroom. Plastic is a common way companies package products safely and maintains shelf-life. And when these items are empty, many can be recycled. Recycling in Peoria allows you to put most of your used and empty plastics into your recycling cart (the brown cart with an orange lid). And it’s simple and easy. Below are some tips to help you succeed at recycling your bathroom plastics. Once empty, rinse out your plastic containers to get any leftover liquid or residue out Let the plastic […]

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Recycling in the Bathroom

Recycling in the Bathroom – Set Up

The next time you need to replace a bathroom product or empty a bottle or box, think about the ways you can recycle within your bathroom. Recycling saves energy and space in landfills and recycling bathroom products really does make a difference in our community. Setting Up Your Bathroom Recycling Station Here are some helpful tips for setting up a bathroom recycling station. Get a second container to use as a recycling bin Place this bin under your sink cupboard or next to your toilet, whichever works best for you You can even print a recycling symbol to tape to the container so everyone knows which bin is for recycling and which is for trash When the recycling bin is […]

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