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Dos and Don'ts of Recycling

Tips for Global Recycling Day

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In honor of Global Recycling Day, Sustain Charlotte shares some tips for recycling correctly.

Sustain Charlotte is a nonprofit organization helping to advance regional sustainability through smart growth. Our mission is to inspire choices that lead to a healthy, equitable, and vibrant community for generations to come.
Did you know that wishful recycling (placing items in recycling that is actually trash) costs Mecklenburg County $1.6M each year?

-You can only recycle plastic containers that have a neck smaller than the body of the container - water bottles, detergent bottles, 2-liter soda bottles, etc.
-Shredded paper cannot be recycled curbside because it's so small it will fall through the screens at the facility.
-Tin, steel, and aluminum cans are allowed to be recycled, but the food or drink in them can't. Be sure to wash them out first!
-While plastic bags aren't able to be processed by the County, many grocery stores have collection points where you can return your plastic bags.
-Bottle caps are too small to be recycled on their own, but if you leave them screwed on the bottle, they can be recycled.

For more information about Sustain Charlotte, visit sustaincharlotte.org and check us out on Facebook at @SustainCLT, Twitter at @Sustain_CLT and Instagram @sustainclt.

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