Recycle Right WF
The Town of Wake Forest has launched a comprehensive public education campaign on proper recycling behaviors. Over the next year, #RecycleRightWF will introduce a series of easy-to-understand messages aimed at simplifying the recycling process and improving the quality of materials residents place in their rollout recycling carts.
Rules of Recycling Have Changed
The rules of recycling have changed. Did you know that not all items marked with the recycling symbol are recyclable as part of the Town’s waste reduction efforts?
As it turns out, some items actually create a greater environmental detriment and cost to recycle than to throw them out in the trash. Another challenge for the recycling industry is that many items that wind up in the mix actually impair the efficiency and safety of handling legitimate recyclables. These unwanted materials can make the whole lot unusable, thereby making contamination a costly obstacle for recycling.
While it feels good to reduce landfill volume and help the environment, attempting to recycle the wrong things—or wishing they could be recycled—can actually negate recycling efforts. It’s less important to fill the bin with a mix of things we think may be recyclable as it is to put in things we know are recyclable.
It's All About Shape & Size
Today’s recycling is all about shape and size. To help the process, remember to keep recycling in its original form. For example, stop crushing cans, or tearing paper into small pieces, as modern recycling equipment separates items based on their intact shape.
You Can Make a Difference
If it feels like you are putting too much in the trash, consider what you are tossing out and seek other ways to make an impact. For example, make a point to choose alternatives to single-use consumables. Products like reusable mugs instead of single-use cups, and reusable shopping bags instead of plastic or paper, are easy ways to make a big difference. Do all you can to avoid contributing to recycling contamination. One way is to rinse all items clean before adding them to a recycling bin. You are the first step to successful recycling that is cost-effective and environmentally-beneficial process. Thank you for caring and doing your part.
If you are not sure if an item is recyclable, check the Waste Wizard. Using the Waste Wizard, type in the name of the item and find out the proper disposal method for that item.