Learning The Tricks To Recycling

By: Jill Cordes
By: Jill Cordes

The Mobius Loop or the "chasing arrow" symbol became a call to action in 1970 to raise awareness of environmental issues. Today we see this recycling symbol on many of the products we use. But what does that mean to you?

Nearly every household product has a symbol or claims to be recyclable, but that doesn't mean you can just toss it in the bin - it's important to check with your local curbside pick-up for their list of acceptable items, including hazardous waste like used oil and electronics.

Soda bottles and milk cartons are made from different types of plastic and need to be separated when recycled. Check with your local waste management company to find out if they will separate them for you or if you need to separate the plastics yourself.

Once the materials are collected at a recycling center it takes only 60 days to recycle aluminum can and have it back on the grocery shelf --- it takes as little as 30 days for glass bottles.

So the three arrows represent collection, reprocessing and the third arrow: buying recycled. So by buying recycled products we keep the process going.


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