80% of trash is recyclable. Most items that we use every day have containers that are made of materials that can be recycled and used over and over.
Recycling is the act of processing used or abandoned materials for use in creating new products. By using such materials we reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduce energy usage, reduce air pollution (from incineration) and water pollution (from land-filling) by reducing the need for "conventional" waste disposal.
There are two types of plastic: Number 1 and Number 2.
This kind of plastic is called polyethylene terephthalate, or PETE. Most disposable soda and water bottles are made of this. It is usually clear.
This kind of plastic is called high density polyethylene, or HDPE. Most milk jugs, detergent bottles, juice bottles, butter tubs, and toiletry bottles are made of this. It is usually opaque.
Do your part and pitch it in! If you'd like to spread this information, download our Georgetown-Scott County Recycling Center Information Flyer (PDF).