Common Recycling Mistakes

Recycling seems pretty straight forward, right? Just recycle your plastic, cardboard, and paper items. While recycling is easy to master with practice, there are common mistakes that lots of people make. Read on to learn more about three common recycling mistakes you might be making. Leaving food residue on recyclables – When we’re in a rush, it’s easy to dump recyclables with food residue into our cart instead of taking the time to clean or rinse them off. Since Peoria recycling carts are single stream (meaning that all recyclables go into one bin), grease and food residue from plastic containers will dirty your clean recyclable cardboard or paper in the same bin. Greasy pizza boxes or take out boxes shouldn’t […]

Read More >

The Plastic Confusion: What do those numbers mean?

Have you ever wondered what those numbers mean underneath the recycling symbols on your plastic containers? They’re a universal code to classify different types of plastic. This helps recyclers in the sorting process. Here’s the catch: only some of those numbers can be recycled! Read on to learn more about the meanings of the different numbers and which ones can and can’t be recycled. Number 1: PETE – PETE stands for polyethylene terephthalate. This plastic makes up soda and water bottles,cooking oil bottles, and the containers your medicine might come in. Number one plastics are recyclable. Number 2: HDPE – High-density polyethylene is what your laundry or dish detergent, milk gallons, and shampoo and conditioner bottles are made from. They’re […]

Read More >

New Year, New Resolution! Start Recycling!

Happy New Year! If you haven’t committed to a new year’s resolution yet, consider starting recycling (if you’re not already). Recycling is easy—it doesn’t take much to get into the recycling routine. Following the steps and tips below make a positive impact on our environment. Step 1: Reduce It’s tempting to want to stay up to date with tech and kitchen gadgets and fashion trends but being environmentally friendly means scaling back buying things you don’t really need that might end up getting thrown away. When buying something ask yourself, “Is this a thing I need? Or is there something else at home that I could use for the same purpose?” Step 2: Reuse Scale down on single use plastics […]

Read More >

Christmas Tree Disposal Reminder

Collection of real Christmas trees is provided to City of Peoria residents as part of GFL trash collection service. No request or extra fee is required for special pick-up. Place your tree next to your trash and recycling by 6 a.m. on your scheduled collection day.   Things to Do Before Tree Pick-Up to Make Collection Safe for Staff to Handle Remove all lights and decorations Remove the tree from its tree stand Christmas trees larger than 5-feet tall must be cut in half   It is important to make sure your tree is free from lights, decorations, its stand, and cutting it in half before you set it out—it makes it safe for collection staff to handle. _ Want […]

Read More >