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Do you know your 3Rs?

February 19, 2011

Recycling is great! But it can be WAY more complicated than you might expect! Check out the answers to the EcoReps recycling survey below!

WAIT! Haven’t taken the survey yet? Click HERE first to see how you do!

Do you know your 3 Rs? Answers:

1. Which of the following would you put in a mixed containers bin?

Yes! These are Recyclable
A #1 plastic bottle
A #2 plastic cup
A glass bottle
A tin can
Aluminum foil

No! These are not Recyclable in RI
A #6 plastic container
– only plastics #1 and 2 are recyclable here
A solo cup
– Bring your own cup to parties! Solo cups are #5 plastic, which is not recyclable here.

2. Which of the following would you put in a mixed paper bin?

Yes! These are Recyclable
A cardboard cereal box
An envelop
Old notes
Newspaper

No! These are not Recyclable in that bin
A Ratty to-go container
– these are made of biodegradable material that is not recyclable
A large cardboard box
– this should be broken down and stacked in the designated area
A paper plate with food waste on it
– food waste contaminates recycling decreasing the value of the material.  NEVER put food waste in the recycling.

3. Which of the following would you put in a trash can?

This is trash.
a plastic fork
containers with food waste on them

This is recyclable!
a cardboard cereal box
batteries – can be recycled in the collection box at the OMAC
envelops

4. Which of the following can be recycled in a mixed containers bin?

The rules for bottles is the 3Rs: Rinse, Recap, Recycle! Make sure there is no liquid in the bottle!

So:
A #1 plastic bottle with a cap on it that is empty – Yes!
A #1 plastic bottle with a cap on it that is full of liquid – No!
A #1 plastic bottle with no cap that is empty – Yes… this is still ok
Plastic bottle caps – Yes! only if they are on a bottle!

5. In a dorm trash room, where would you put an empty #1 plastic bottle?

Answer: In the yellow bin! – Yellow bins are for mixed containers

6. Where would you put a piece of paper?

Answer: In the red bin! Yellow bins are for mixed paper!

7. Where would you put a large cardboard mailing box? (please break down all large boxes!)

Answer: On the trash room floor (in a neat pile!) or in the cardboard closet in the Mailroom

Thanks for learning more about recycling at Brown! For More Info check out Recycling 101!


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