Starbucks cups are NOT recyclable in Alachua County. The clear cups are made from plastic #5, which is not accepted in Gainesville. Even the white cups for hot drinks, which appear to be made out of paper, have a plastic lining that jams recycling equipment. Bring your own cup to Starbucks to reduce waste (and get a discount!)
False: Solo cups are NOT recyclable!
Solo cups are made of #6 plastic, which is the same type of plastic as Styrofoam. Next time you throw a party or a tailgate think about the impact of your cups, and opt for a compostable version, or better yet - use durable, reusable drinkware instead.
False: Straws are NOT recyclable!
Straws cannot be recycled in Alachua County (or most places). Everyday, 500 million straws are used and thrown away in the US, and many of those straws end up in the ocean. Next time you buy a drink, ask yourself: do you really need that straw? If not - a simple, "No straw or lid, thanks!" when ordering your beverage will do the trick!
Put it in the paper recycling bin.Flatten the box and put it in the paper recycling bin.Put clean, flattened sections of the box (such as the lid) in the paper recycling bin and put the rest in the landfill can.Pizza boxes can't be recycled - put them in the landfill can.
Paper and cardboard must be CLEAN!
Soiled paper and cardboard cannot be recycled, so any greasy sections of a pizza box must be removed and thrown away.
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None of the above!
Not all plastic is recyclable in Alachua County. Soft plastics like plastic films, bags, and Styrofoam and brittle plastics like Solo cups cannot be recycled. Black plastic cannot be recycled because the optical scanners used for sorting at recycling facilities can't see black plastic (because it doesn't reflect light well). Soda and and water bottles (usually plastic #1), however, CAN be recycled. Some stores, such as Publix, collect and recycle plastic bags and Styrofoam.
Put the container in any recycling bin.Wash it out thoroughly, remove all the labels, remove the lid, and put it in the recycling bin for bottles/cans.Rinse it out (if possible), remove the lid, and put it in the recycling bin for bottles/cans.Yogurt and butter tubs aren't recyclable - Throw it in the landfill can.
Rinse & remove lids!
Yogurt tubs should be rinsed out because food waste can contaminate the recyclables and make them worthless. But, some food residue and liquid is okay if you don't have access to a sink. Lids should be removed because they can become projectiles when the waste is compacted, making it dangerous for workers in recycling facilities. Labels, however, do not need to be removed from any containers.
Beverage cartons are recyclable!
You can recycle beverage cartons in Alachua County! Although cartons have both paper and plastic components, they do not need to be separated before you put them in the bin. On campus, cartons can be put in the "Bottles and Cans" bin. Compostable items should not go in the recycling bin. If available, put these items in a bin marked for "Compost". If no such bin is available, they go in the landfill can.
Put it in the recycling bin anyway - the recycling center will figure it out.Check the Alachua County recycling information online first. If in doubt, put it in the landfill can.Google it and do whatever the top result tells you to do.Leave it on the ground near the bins and let someone else take care of it.
Check the website first. When it doubt, throw it out!
If you're not sure if something can be recycled, look for the official information from Alachua County's website first. If you're still unsure, it's actually better to just put it in the landfill can. Putting non-recyclable items in the bin with the hopes that it will be recycled is called "wish-cycling," and can actually contaminate entire batches of recyclables. Contamination can reduce the value of the recyclables or make them completely worthless, meaning they'll be sent to a landfill. Non-recyclable contaminates, such as plastic bags, can also damage recycling equipment.
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Paperback books are recyclable!
Used paper cups cannot be recycled because they're soiled with liquid residue and typically have a plastic lining. Most receipts cannot be recycled because they're made from thermal paper, which contains chemicals that contaminate recyclables. Although paperback books are recyclable, just be sure to remove any plastic/metal components from spiral notebooks.