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Five Tips to Properly Sort Your Recycled Materials in Your Apartment

Five Tips to Properly Sort Your Recycled Materials in Your Apartment

Five Tips to Properly Sort Your Recycled Materials in Your Apartment

Are you looking to make a better effort to help the planet?  Do you want to increase your recycling efforts at your apartment? When you are living in our apartments for rent in Gainesville, FL, you will have the opportunity to recycle materials that can be repurposed and reused.  Our community has many sustainable living options that allow you to make the planet a better place, one day at a time.  This typically starts with recycling.  These are a few tips to properly sort your recycled materials in your apartment.

Bundle Your Paper

Recyclable paper includes newspapers, magazines, mail, envelopes, paper bags, sticky notes, and shredded paper.  When you are recycling paperboard, like cereal boxes, you should break them down and flatten them before placing them in your recycling bin.  You should not recycle any napkins and paper towels.  Also, avoid trying to recycle waxy paperboard containers, like butter containers.

Break Down Your Cardboard

Most recycling centers will accept corrugated cardboard, but you will want to prepare it the right way.  Corrugated cardboard is two layers of cardboard with the wavy layer in between, and this should be broken down and flattened before you recycle.  When you put these out for recycling, be sure that you keep them dry and out of the rain.  Avoid bundling your cardboard with any plastic ties.  Also, if your cardboard boxes have food residue or grease stains, you will want to simply throw them in the trash instead.

Wash Out Any Glass

Glass containers can also be recycled, as their quality is never degraded.  This includes wine and beer bottles, food jars, and other glassware.  When you recycle your glass, it is important to clean these containers and remove the entire food residue.  If you leave food contamination in the jars, they will not be able to be recycled.

Recycle the Right Type of Plastic

Plastic recycling in New Jersey is possible when you remove all the food contaminants from the containers.  We often accept plastic bags, Styrofoam, plastic containers, PVC, straws, and PVC.  These materials should not be smaller than a credit card so that they can be repurposed.

Don’t Forget about Aluminum and Tin

More common recycling materials are aluminum and tin, such as cans for soda or beer, soup cans, and tin foil.  We recommend not recycling your scrap metal, even if it is aluminum or tin-made materials.  Also, we do not accept paint cans or aerosol containers, so these must be carefully removed in other ways.

These are some of the ways that you can sort your recycling when you are living in your apartment.  To reduce your waste and your carbon footprint, you can start to make the effort to increase your recycling efforts while you are living at our apartments for rent in Gainesville, FL.  Contact us to hear about our community and tour our available rentals today.

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