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August 20, 2010

To recycle the cap or not to recycle the cap?  That WAS the question.  The answer went back and forth depending on who you asked.  The question has finally been answered … at least in Rhode Island.  The answer is YES!  Beginning immediately, caps can now be recycled along with its corresponding container.  Examples of the types of caps that can now be recycled include: water bottles, ketchup bottles, laundry detergent jugs, shampoo bottles, etc.  Triggers on spray bottles, such as glass cleaners, laundry stain removers, or sunblock, can also be recycled but must be left on the rinsed-out bottle.  In fact, ALL bottles and #1 and #2 plastics should still be quickly rinsed out before being placed in the recycle bin. Rinsing the containers helps improve the value of the plastic.  After rinsing, caps should be re-attached to the containers.  Going forward into this new academic year, lets remember the new 3R’s:  Rinse, Recap, Recycle.

Coming up soon in Rhode Island will be in the inclusion of plastics #3 through 7 to the recycling stream.

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