Recycle – Thereis a lot to know about how to correctly recycle
The average New Yorker generates over 4.5 pounds of garbage each day! The NYSDEC has been working to reduce waste for decades, and has some great information about recycling on itswebsite. It is actually pretty easy to recycle these days, though determining if some items are recyclable can still be a little confusing. Contamination is a big deal, so it is important to recycle correctly and “when in doubt, throw it out!” Avoiding contamination, or wish-cycling (putting something in the recycling bin because you hope it is recyclable) is essential to making recycling programs successful. Here are some resources to help you make sure you recycle the right way.
And if you have something that still works, please consider donating that item so someone else can use it. Read our Recycling Made Easy guidefor more information on places to donate unwanted items.
Single Stream Recycling information for Saratoga County
What is single stream? Single stream recycling, or zero sort, is when you can combine all of your recyclables rather than separate out different materials (plastic, glass, paper, etc).
Options for household recycling in Saratoga County
Waste Managementhas a wealth of information about their recycling program on their website, includingthis document, which discusses recycling myths, outlines what materials they accept, and what materials should be disposed of in the trash.
Here are some additional resources to help you recycle even more things:
OurRecycling Made Easy guidewill provide you with information about household recycling, as well as a list of places you can donate various items to be reused
Sustainable Saratoga hosts aRecycles Dayevent every October, where you can take clothing, textile, electronics (including TVs), metal, and other items to be recycled into something new.
TerraCycleis a company that aims to help you recycle items that are tougher to find places that accept it for recycling.
Plastic bags and wraps are often confusing. Learn more and find out where to recycle these thingshere
Did you know that US consumers throw away 400 million units of electronic equipment every year? Electronic waste, or e-waste, must be properly disposed of in New York State. This includes items such as computers, televisions, VCR, DVD players, Learn more atCounty Wasteand theDEC
There are many places that will take electronic waste (check out ourRecycling Made Easy guidefor local options; a full list from the DEC can be foundhere)