The Importance of Checking Recycling Labels Before Binning

A circular recycle labelWe all want to do our part for the environment, and recycling is one of the easiest ways to make a difference. However, did you know that not all recyclable items can be treated the same way? Ever heard of Wish-Cycling? It’s when you try to recycle an item not knowing if it can be recycled. When you wish-cycle you might be doing more harm than good.

At Greyhound Recycling, we are committed to making recycling as easy as possible for our customers. That’s why we want to take a moment to explain why it’s so important to check the recycling labels on an item before binning it.

Not All Plastics Are Created Equal

One of the most common misconceptions about recycling is that all plastics can be recycled in the same way. In reality, there are many different types of plastics, each with its own unique properties and recycling requirements.

For example, some plastics, like PET (polyethylene terephthalate) and HDPE (high-density polyethylene), are widely accepted by recycling facilities and can be easily recycled into new products. Other plastics, like PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and PS (polystyrene), are more difficult to recycle and may not be accepted by your local recycling center.

Contamination Can Ruin a Whole Batch

Another reason why it’s so important to check recycling guidelines is to avoid contamination. When non-recyclable items or dirty materials are mixed in with recyclables, they can contaminate the entire batch, making it unusable.

For instance, if you don’t clean your recyclable plastics properly, any remaining food or liquid residue could attract pests or cause mold growth, rendering the entire batch unusable. Similarly, if you include non-recyclable items like plastic bags or styrofoam, they can jam up the recycling machinery and cause costly delays.

Single use takeaway coffee cups and soiled pizza / takeaway boxes are other items commonly wishcycled.

Check Your Recycle Labels

It’s always a good idea to check with your local recycling provider or visit their website to find out what items they accept and how they should be prepared. Some businesses may require you to separate your recyclables by type, while others may allow you to mix them together. Some may accept glass, while others do not.

Doing Your Part Made Easy

At Greyhound Recycling, we understand that recycling can sometimes feel like a daunting task. That’s why we are committed to making it as easy and convenient as possible for our customers.

By partnering with local recycling facilities and providing clear guidelines on our packaging, we aim to take the guesswork out of recycling. Our award-winning customer service team is always available to answer any questions you may have and provide helpful tips on how to recycle more effectively.

So the next time you’re about to toss something in the recycling bin, take a moment to check the label first. By doing so, you’ll be helping to ensure that your recyclables can be processed efficiently and turned into new products, reducing waste and conserving our natural resources.

Together, we can make a difference, one item at a time.