Rinse Your Plastic Containers!

Why do you have to rinse your plastic containers to recycle them? If your packaging or containers are recyclable, it’s tempting to toss them right into your recycling cart after they’re empty. But, oftentimes these containers need to be rinsed out before they can be recycled. This means rinsing out recyclable takeout containers, laundry detergent bottles, shampoo or body wash bottles, or anything else that might have held liquid or food.  Since Peoria’s recycling carts are single stream, your plastic containers go right in with your cardboard. Grease, food particles, and residue from the contents of containers can contaminate other recyclables in your cart. Even if your unrinsed yogurt container, soda can or other residue-containing item is upright when you […]

Read More >

Earth Day 2022

Are you ready for Earth Day? Earth Day is April 22nd and is a day to bring awareness to the health and well-being of the earth. Pollution, warming temperatures, deforestation, over farming, and litter are just a few examples of the issues affecting our planet. Let’s show appreciation to the earth and also adopt some new eco-friendly habits to invest in our planet!  Ride your bike or take public transportation. The fewer cars on the road, the less carbon emissions are released into the air. Use reusable bags. It’s estimated that Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year. Production of plastic bags uses a ton of natural resources, which are finite. When plastic bags are thrown away, they take […]

Read More >

Lifecycle of an Aluminum Can

Aluminum is one of the most recyclable materials, and aluminum cans are sustainable, convenient, and strong. Have you ever wondered what happens to aluminum cans after you put them into your recycling cart? This post will teach you all of the steps involved in recycling aluminum cans.    Used Cans After you put aluminum cans into your recycling cart, a recycling facility separates the cans from other recyclables and sends them to an aluminum refining plant. Melting Process and Reformation All cans are cleaned by machinery and melted into a solid form called an ingot. Then, a machine heats this aluminum again and presses it thin. This sheet is punched into circles and called “blanks.” Forming New Cans Each blank […]

Read More >