By Pooja Mishra
Recycling can easily make a big difference in protecting the environment. It helps reduce energy and other useful materials from being wasted. There are a lot of people out there who always keep in mind what things can or can’t be recycled and follow the instructions. But you may be surprised to know the fact that the things you have been throwing away in the blue bins, actually don’t belong there.
The Toronto city launched a campaign earlier this month as a reminder for people on what can and can’t go into recycling bin. You will be surprised to know that those takeout coffee mugs, which we use on the go and have been throwing away in blue bins, thinking that they are recyclable, actually have to go in trash.
The takeout coffee mugs are coated with plastic and wax so they can’t go in recycle. There black lid also can’t go in blue bins, only non-plastic lids and cardboard cup sleeves can be recycled. According to the city, last year estimated 45,000 tonnes of garbage was mistakenly put into recycling bins.
Here is a small list of those things which we use on a daily basis and which can or can’t be recycled. We can help reduce global environmental damage by keeping this in mind and adding it to our daily routine.
- Food packaging (Unwaxed only)
- Boxboard (Shoes box, gift box, cereal box)
- Aluminium foil
- All colors glass bottles and jars
- All plastics number 1-7
- Clean grocery and retail plastic bags
- Beer and wine bottles
- Kitchen cookware (metal pots, pans, tins, and utensils)
- Brown paper bags
- Newspapers and magazines
- Paper coffee cups
- Pizza boxes (with food and wax)
- Wet paper
- Plastic bottle caps
- Plastic Bags
- Juice Boxes
- Paper napkins or towel
- Heavy died papers
- Broken glass