Ever wonder what the best environmental solution is for that surfboard gathering dust in the garage?
This question can now be answered on your smart phone thanks to the new easy online City of Santa Cruz Recycling Guide. Also simple to use on tablets and desktop computers, the guide allows website visitors to search for alternative reuse and recycling options for over 250 household items as well as local disposal instructions.
Have you been recycling frozen food bags?
Because they are made with an extra polymer layer which protects the contents from cold, the guide says they cannot be bundled and recycled with other plastic bags. Frozen food bags are destined for the trash.
The guide teaches that you can recycle plastic caps and lids only when they are placed back on their original plastic bottle, jug, jar or tub. Loose plastic caps cannot be recycled. They are too small for recycling equipment to separate out and recycle with other hard plastics.
What about yogurt tubs?
Get your yogurt container as clean and dry as possible before recycling it says the guide. Yogurt cups are a common contaminant and often end up in the landfill when not clean. If the yogurt cup has a foil lid, it should be removed and placed in the garbage.
How about all those other household waste concerns? What to do with leftover paint? How to dispose of an old refrigerator?
All of these questions are answered by the new online Recycling Guide. Customized to the City of Santa Cruz, the guide will help all of us learn how to properly recycle or dispose of items. It will help to minimize recycling contamination that forces well-intentioned recycling into the landfill.
The City currently diverts about 67 percent of its waste from the landfill. The online Recycling Guide will help our community reduce, reuse and recycle even more sustainably. And don’t forget: you can use it on your phone while sorting!
More information on City of Santa Cruz waste reduction is available at www.cityofsantacruz.com/recycleright.