Recycling Tips and Facts

There are many benefits to recycling. It reduces the cost of waste disposal, saves space in landfills, helps the environment, and keeps pollutants out of the air. A little knowledge and effort can go a long way. Below are some recycling tips and facts.

Most Common Recyclable Materials

The most commonly recycled materials are paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, and aluminum. Each should be handled differently to ensure that they can be recycled. Otherwise, recycling efforts can go to waste as the materials may be diverted to trash.

Paper and Cardboard

Paper and cardboard are the easiest materials to recycle. It includes white paper, newspapers, phone books, magazines, and junk mail. These different types of paper do not need to be separated, so combining all paper waste in a home is an easy first step to recycling.


Glass recycling includes jars, bottles, and other glass material. It important that the glass is not permanently attached to another material such as metal. It is also vital to rinse them thoroughly. Food and chemicals left in glass containers can prevent them from being recycled.


Plastics that are recyclable have a rectangular recycling symbol with a number on them. The numbers are usually located on the bottom of the container. Check with your waste disposal company on which numbers are accepted for recycling in your community, as it can vary. Containers labeled 1 and 2 are the most common and generally accepted recyclable plastics. These are found on milk jugs, soda bottles and water bottles. The most difficult plastics to recycle are those with the numbers 3 (PVC pipes) and 4 (plastic shopping bags).


Soda and soup cans are made of aluminum and can be recycled multiple times. Some states offer a deposit return for recycled cans such as soda. These cans are labeled with the state and amount of deposit. Cans without a deposit can still be placed in regular recycling. Remove any paper labeling on aluminum cans to assist with the recycling process.

More Recycling Tips and Facts

Recycling is important not only for the environment but also to save money for your community. That savings is often used to support school systems and other local services. Most municipalities offer easy ways to recycle, such as curbside pickup. Check with your department of public works or trash collection company for details on accepted materials and for additional recycling tips and facts. If your city or town does not offer recycling services, contact Miller Waste Industries at 978-774-1761 for information on the recycling services we offer to individual residences and neighborhoods.