Dear Recycle Lady: Friday, December 3

Dear Readers,

Have you noticed the new recycling symbols that are beginning to appear on many products? The How2Recycle symbols are the standardized labeling system that give recycling instructions on an increasing number of products. Websites, and, are both excellent sites for information about recycling metal, plastic, and paper. Most of these recycling symbols are rather small so look closely for them. They are usually found on the side or bottom of a box, package, or plastic packaging.

The label above shows information about recycling METAL, as indicated by box just below the recycle symbol. Both steel & aluminum come in this category. The top box, RINSE AND INSERT LID, gives special instructions for recycling METAL cans. The RECYCLING SYMBOL indicates that Americans can recycle this item at curbside recycling or drop-off recycling. The box below the recycle symbol, METAL, tells that the product listed in the last line, CAN, is recycled with METAL. The Greenbrier Recycling Center separates metal into two bins: Steel Cans and Aluminum Cans.

This second label gives information about recycling PLASTIC, as indicated in the box just below the recycle symbol. The top box gives instructions for recycling plastic, RECYCLE IF CLEAN & DRY. The STORE DROP OFF recycling symbol tells that the type of plastic listed in the bottom box, BAGS/FILM/WRAP, must be taken to a STORE DROP OFF, (Kroger or Walmart) and not to a recycling center.

Have strings of Christmas lights that you don’t want, need or are broken? Take them to the Recycling Center for recycling. Sales from the copper contained in the cords helps fund the Recycle Center.

Have questions about recycling, or interesting information about recycling? Send questions or requests to . Dear Recycle Lady is sponsored jointly by the Greenbrier Recycling Center and Greenworks Recycling.


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