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Recycling Scrap Metal

A common question in curbside recycling is whether or not bulky metals, such as frying pans, are acceptable in the recycle bin with aluminum and steel cans.

 

This is a good question, since metal pots and pans are certainly recyclable. However, the avenue to recycle these items resides at scrap metal facilities and bulky metal drop-off locations. In other words, the single-stream recycle bin is not the place for bulky metals.

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Recycled paper supplies more than 37% of the raw materials used to make new paper products in the U.S. Without recycling, this material would come from trees. Every ton of newsprint or mixed paper recycled is the equivalent of 12 trees. Every ton of office paper recycled is the equivalent of 24 trees.

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