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At Trash Rite, we believe in helping our customers make informed decisions when it comes to recycling and waste disposal. In this article, we'll answer some of the most commonly asked questions we receive from our customers.
What Does "Clean" Mean?
When it comes to recycling, "clean" refers to the state of the item you're recycling. In order for an item to be considered clean, it should be free of any food residue, grease, or other contaminants. This ensures that the recycling process is as efficient and effective as possible.
Should I Put My Recyclables into the Recycling Cart Loose or Should I Put Them in a Plastic Bag First?
It's best to put your recyclables into the recycling cart loose, without any plastic bags. Plastic bags can get caught in the recycling machinery, causing problems and potentially damaging equipment. Instead, rinse out any containers and place them directly into the recycling cart.
Should I Place My Leaves or Grass Clippings into the Organics Cart Loose or Should I Put Them in a Plastic Bag First?
Similarly, it's best to place your leaves or grass clippings into the organics cart loose, without any plastic bags. Plastic bags can contaminate the composting process, and the bags themselves aren't biodegradable. Simply place your organic materials directly into the cart.
Can I Recycle Garden Hoses?
Unfortunately, garden hoses are not recyclable. They are made of a type of plastic that can't be recycled, and they can also damage recycling equipment if they are accidentally placed in the recycling bin. Instead, if your garden hose is no longer usable, it should be disposed of in the regular trash.
Can Fruit from My Tree or Pumpkins Be Placed in My Organics Cart?
Yes, fruit from your tree and pumpkins can be placed in your organics cart. They will decompose naturally, providing nutrients to the composting process. However, it's important to remove any stickers or labels from the fruit before placing it in the cart.
How Do I Dispose of My Household Batteries, Auto Batteries, Propane Tanks, Needles, or Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)?
For household batteries and auto batteries, check with your local recycling center or hazardous waste collection facility. These facilities will often have designated drop-off locations for these items. Propane tanks should be returned to a propane supplier for proper disposal. Needles should be placed in a designated sharps container and brought to a medical facility for disposal. For household hazardous waste, check with your local recycling center or hazardous waste collection facility for proper disposal instructions.
At Trash Rite, we're committed to helping our customers make responsible decisions when it comes to waste disposal and recycling. By following these guidelines and properly disposing of your waste and recycling items, you can help us keep our community clean and sustainable for generations to come. If you have any further questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact us.