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Have fun in the sun and keep reduce, reuse and recycle in practice! There are so many great things to do over summer, from sunbathing by the poolside to trips to the beach. Each time we buy something and use it, keep in mind why recycling is important- it saves energy and sending something to be recycled means it can be transformed into something new. Imagine if the plastic milk jug you drank from yesterday becomes a new pool toy today!
Be aware of what you can recycle by learning what your city accepts. If your city recycling center is not convenient or curbside recycling is not available, explore the national recycling programs section that we have put together. Most of the item examples below are widely accepted and recyclable:
Playing out in the sun means you need to keep hydrated. Place your disposable plastic water bottles in your recycling bin, or see if your state offers some change back for a redemption value. Sometimes plastic PET water bottles are broken down and spun into fabric for clothes, like with these recycled graduation gowns.
Use those bottles to float your boat, on the EcoRaft, from Green Bottle USA, which has specially designed pockets to insert empty 2-liter soda bottles to make it float!
Consider a reusable water bottle made from stainless steel such as Kleen Kanteen. They are toxin and BPA-free and once these metal bottles are no longer needed, they are very easy to recycle.
Bug Spray Cans
Aerosol cans are also recyclable in many curbside programs. Empty them out before putting them into the recycling bin and follow these handy guidelines depending on what was in the can to see if they are recyclable. For example, the contents might have been pressurized, so don’t puncture the can, just recycle as is.
You safeguard your skin, so how about the environment that bottle would be landfilled in? Look on the bottom of your plastic sunblock bottle and it may have what is known as a plastic resin code. Seem confusing? Use our guide to plastics numbers. So many of them can be thrown into the bin as long as they’re reasonably empty- see what the guidelines are for your blue bin.
Plastic Bottle Caps
Pool parties may mean lots of 2-liter soda bottles and water bottles like mentioned above. Sometimes the plastic screw caps can be left on the bottles and sometimes they cannot. It depends on the recycling facilities near you. Never fear! There are cool ways to recycle bottle caps and neat programs that help keep them out of landfills and from harming wildlife no matter where you live.
Nothing like a nice cool lemonade sipped from a straw in a drink box! Drink boxes are also known as aseptic containers, and they are fun with snacks on the go and at home, and they are recyclable! Find out more about how to recycle them. Companies like Terra Cycle even accept items like Capri Sun pouches and make them into fun recycled products like pencil cases.
Recycle Swimmingly: Pool and Beach Toys
Some pool toys are made out of rigid plastics that are accepted at recycling centers. All you have to do is call and ask. If you’re no longer using them, give them away on Freecycle or Craigslist or make sure they’re recycled properly.
Remember that buying recycled products helps close the recycling loop. Green Toys has some great products that are made from recycled milk jugs and do not contain BPA or phthalates. These cute, PVC free sealife shapes are pretty popular in the tub or pool or at the beach.
Have a great summer, stay sweet! ~RecycleScene