Online Shopping? What to do With Shipping Boxes

Online shopping has become increasingly popular, largely due to the Covid pandemic. Shopping online is a great way to avoid crowds and stay safe. However, with online shopping comes lots of cardboard boxes, bubble wrap and plastic mailers. Here’s what to do once you unbox your orders. Cardboard boxes can be recycled and reused. If you don’t have any use for them, place them in your recycling cart. Or, instead of recycling them, flatten them down and find a place in your home or garage to keep a small stack to reuse them. Then when you need to mail a package to someone, look at your collection to see if you have a box that would be a good fit. […]

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Why Are These Things Not Recyclable?

Sometimes, we recycle products that aren’t recyclable by mistake. When too many non-recyclable items are mixed in with recycling, the whole lot might be thrown out into the landfill. It takes a lot of time and costs for GFL—the City of Peoria’s waste collection service—to individually pick out non-recyclable items. Here are examples of items that are not recyclable. Disposable coffee cups – One of the most common items people think is recyclable is a paper coffee cup. Most single use cups are lined with a fine film of plastic to make them liquid-proof. These are difficult—and expensive—to process because the paper and the plastic needs to be separated. It’s best to be on the safe side and throw your […]

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Condo Recycling: How to Recycle In a Multi-Unit Dwelling

If you live in a multi-unit housing complex, like a condominium, a duplex or a townhome, this post is for you! Below are some tips about how to make recycling easier in a multi-unit building. Keep a recycling can in your kitchen—or wherever you produce the most recyclable goods. It’s even better if the can is a manageable size that can be easily carried down to the recycling room or area! Make frequent trips to the recycling room or area to avoid buildups of cardboard and plastic. Break down boxes before you put them in the shared recycling container. Since multiple people use the same collection boxes, breaking down cardboard to save space is more important than ever. Depending on […]

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