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Editorial: Some recycling tips

Today is Earth Day, a day that (according to Wikipedia) is coordinated annually by the Earth Day Network. It features events worldwide that are designed to demonstrate support of environmental protection and conservation efforts. Earth Day is cel...

Today is Earth Day, a day that (according to Wikipedia) is coordinated annually by the Earth Day Network. It features events worldwide that are designed to demonstrate support of environmental protection and conservation efforts. Earth Day is celebrated in nearly 200 countries each year.
Even though Earth Day lands on the calendar on April 22, it should go without saying that every day - when one stops and thinks about it - should be considered Earth Day.
One simple thing we can all do to contribute to the health of our environment is something in which many of us already take part: recycling. Many of us, however, may not know just what should be recycled, or how.
At a Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce committee meeting earlier this week, Eric Joens of Schaap Sanitation distributed some recycling pointers. We’re sharing them here:
Loose items (not bagged) and recycled in single-stream bin: Glass (bottles and jars only), plastic containers (bottles, tubs and jugs only), cans (steel, tin and aluminum), paper (no metal or plastic bindings), and cardboard and cartons (boxes should be flattened).
Bagged and recycled in single-stream bin: Shredded paper (bagged separately in clear bag and knotted shut) and plastic bags (bagged separately in clear bag and knotted shut).
Not recyclable in the single stream bin: Metal and rubber (tires, hoses, hangers, cutlery, pots and pans); toys and clothes (gently used items may be donated), wood and organics (diapers, food, pet and yard waste); Styrofoam and “to-go” items; dish, baking and other glass; hazardous materials (check with city for proper disposal options); needles and pills; and electronics and bulbs (also check for recycling options).
Taking the time to properly recycle is easy and important - no matter what day it is.

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