New Year’s Resolution: Recycle More

Jan 10, 2017
Hibdon_Karen-WebBy Karen Hibdon
Director, Statistical Programs

Like many people this time of year, I have been wracking my brain to find a New Year’s resolution that I can undertake and actually achieve. Something that will make a real difference, but won’t require me to exercise six days a week or stop eating brownies!

This year I resolved to improve my household’s recycling, and I’ve already made progress. 

I accomplished the first step last night when I printed my community’s latest recycling guidelines and discussed them with my family at dinner. It quickly became apparent that we had conflicting ideas about what could and couldn’t be recycled in our county. Some were surprised to learn that milk cartons, ice cream containers, paper coffee cups, and spiral notebooks are all welcome in our recycling bin.

Communities across the country are now recycling items they previously did not collect, so it is always a good idea to review the latest guidelines. That allows you to maximize your recycling without adding contaminants to the recycling bin that your community can’t handle. I have now posted my county’s recycling instructions on our refrigerator where we can easily refer to them throughout the year.

The next step, of course, is to commit to recycling more throughout the coming year. In my house I’ve noticed toilet paper tubes and toothpaste boxes don’t always make it to the recycling bin, so I’ve promised myself I’ll make the extra effort.

Resolving to increase your own personal recycling rate is an achievable step you can take in 2017 to reduce waste, improve our communities, and support the paper industry.

Take time to find out what’s recyclable in your community and start making a difference today.