Published 11:52 am Thursday, August 11, 2022
I’m sometimes amazed at how dedicated our recyclers are. Some come at 6:40 a.m. before I have even set up the signs and stairs. On days when it’s raining cats and dogs, they recycle anyway. Folks have been wonderful about breaking down their corrugated cardboard boxes, mashing their big plastic milk jugs, and putting only beverage cans in the bin that says aluminum.
Our pickup locations are at Harmon Field (Mon.), Saluda (Tues.), Green Creek Fire Dept. (Wed.), and Columbus (Thurs.). At all locations we’re there from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Aside from cardboard and paper, we take containers that hold food or household products. Plastic containers with the numbers 1-7 in a triangle on the bottom are acceptable. Bottles that have held food or household products are fine. All other plastic like coat hangers, packing, bubble wrap, plastic implements, and styrofoam are not recyclable even if they have a triangle. Glass, other than bottles, is not recyclable. Examples are drinking glasses, window and mirror glass, ceramics, etc.
The following metal items are not recyclable at the truck: coat hangers, hardware, tin foil or pie pans, or gadgets. All metal is recyclable at the landfill. Containers that have held poison, herbicides, pesticides, anti-freeze, gasoline, or oil are not recyclable.
Our categories are as follows:
- Aluminum drink cans (no cat food cans)
- Plastic containers and steel cans together
- Glass bottles
- Corrugated cardboard
- Mixed paper (includes books, magazines, etc. When in doubt if it’s paper or cardboard, call it paper).
Some of the folks I see on Thursdays have been recycling for many years. Your dedication is inspiring. Thanks for reading,