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Mansfield Texas - Recycle That Can 17 June 2022 ( news )
Mansfield , state Texas ( By Press Release office)
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Did you know?
According to the EPA , in 2018 , Americans threw away 3 . 9 million tons of aluminum waste . The total recycling rate for aluminum items was only 34 . 9 percent . If everyone were to recycle metal , we could greatly reduce the demand for new materials that need to be mined from the earth .
Should aluminum cans be crushed before recycling them?
No , generally , aluminum cans should not be crushed before they are recycled . Crushed cans are harder for machines to detect when being sorted at recycling facilities .
Deciding to recycle items is just the first step . You also want to make sure the items are recycled correctly . Food waste in cans causes contamination at the recycling facility .
Try rinsing or scraping the residue off to clean it . “Spatula - clean” is clean enough to recycle!
More to Consider
Food can ' t be recycled , but throwing food into the trash is not the best option . Compost food waste if possible . Food that ends up in landfills leads to methane emissions which contribute to climate change .
EPA estimates that only 4 . 1 percent of the 63 . 1 million tons of food waste generated was composted in 2018 .
To learn more about what and how to compost watch for
upcoming composting classes .
Things to Remember When Recycling
Know what to throw .
Focus on cardboard , paper , aluminum cans and plastic bottles and jugs because of their ability to be remade into new products .
Empty , clean and dry .
Give your recyclable containers a rinse , then tap out the excess water , leaving no more than a teaspoon .
When in doubt , throw it out .
Not sure if something should go into the recycle cart? Look it up using the
Can I Recycle It?
online tool .
Don ' t bag it .
Materials must be loose so they can be sorted and separated at the recycling center . That plastic bag isn ' t recyclable in your curbside cart because it tangles machinery at the recycling center . Check local big box stores for plastic bag collection bins near the entrance .
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