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 Why is Recycling Important?

​Benefits of recycling include: controlling disposal costs, saving energy and conserving natural resources.  Recycling is one of the best ways for you to have a positive impact on the world in which we live. Recycling is important to both the environment and us. With recycling, a substantial portion of our waste can be broken down into their original elements and be used to produce new materials. In return, Landfill space can be used for waste that has no other disposal alternative.  We can reduce the harmful waste we discard into the environment like pollution, and even conserve raw materials.

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 What is Recycling?

Recycling (as an industry) is the collection, separation, recovery and sale or reuse of metals, glass, paper, organic waste, plastics and other materials which would otherwise be disposed or processed as municipal waste.

Recycling (as a process) involves breaking the material down into smaller pieces that can be used as feedstock in another manufacturing process. Examples are the shredding and pulping of paper; melting glass; shredding or melting plastic; composting organic waste.

 

 What to Recycle Curbside

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When recycling curbside in Northampton County, recyclable materials do not need to be sorted. This is also known as single stream recycling. It's easy and saves time for you and eliminates more recycling trucks on the road.  ​

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MIXED PAPER                                                                                                                                                                      Plastic Bags
Newspaper, magazines, mail, phone books, food boxes, computer paper, office paper                                                      Styrofoam

CARDBOARD                                                                                                                                                                       Paper plates, cups, towels, napkins, tissues
Empty and flattened                                                                                                                                                               Pyrex, ceramic plates and dishes

GLASS                                                                                                                                                                                   Window glass, mirrors
Food/beverage jars and bottles (NO window glass, light bulbs, ceramic)

METALS
Tin, aluminum and steel cans

PLASTICS
Soda, milk, water, etc. bottles and all household plastic items numbered #1 & #2

CARTONS
Food and beverage cartons including juice, milk, soup, wine, juice boxes, ice cream


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