Sorting and Recycling Tips

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What can you recycle?

  • Plastic detergent bottles
  • Plastic milk bottles
  • Plastic juice bottles
  • Plastic soft drink and water bottles
  • Plastic cups
  • Plastic food trays

Reducing tips 

  • Use a reusable produce bag
  • Buy boxes instead of bottles
  • Use a reusable bottle or mug
  • Make fresh squeezed juice instead of buying juice in plastic bottles

Upcycling ideas

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What can you recycle?

  • Food jars
  • Juice and soda bottles
  • Tea jars

Reducing tips 

  • Reuse glass jars and bottles to reduce waste
  • Reuse glass for vases and containers
  • Reuse  glass container for storing pens , paint brushes buttons …

Upcycling ideas


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What can you recycle?

  • Used office paper
  • Newspapers/magazines
  • Mixed or colored paper
  • Cardboard and other packaging paper
  • Shipping boxes
  • Tissue boxes
  • Food packaging (remove existing plastic wrappers & inner packaging)
  • Books ( covers ripped off )

Reducing tips

  • Read the news online
  • Buy recycled paper
  • Reuse paper and envelopes around the home
  • Reuse cardboards boxes to make playhouses for your kids
  • Change your bills to ‘paperless’ and pay them online or by phone
  • Use electronic storage rather than paper storage for material
  • Use a white board for lists/notes/announcements
  • Try to not use paper plates. Use durable washable ones



Upcycling ideas

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What can you recycle?

  • Clear aluminum cans
  • Metal caps
  • Steel cans
  • Food cans
  • Deodorants
  • Aluminum trays

 Reducing tips

  • Aluminum foil: wash if necessary , flatten and reuse at a later time
  • Juice cans: use as pencil holder

Upcycling ideas

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What can you recycle

  • All yard waste
  • Vegetable and fruit waste
  • Plants and flowers
  • Food waste

Reducing tips

  • Shop smart : plan meals , use grocery lists .
  • Buy exactly what you need
  • Eat leftovers
  • Donate what you won’t use

Upcycling ideas


Check the bottom of your bottle!


PET or PETE: Polyethylene terephthalatepete     

*One of the most commonly used plastics in consumer products.

* Mostly found in water and soft drink bottles.

*For single use only.

*Repeated use increases the risk of leaching and bacterial growth.

*Difficult to sanitize.


HDP or HDPE: High-density polyethylenehdpe

*HDPE plastic is the stiff plastic used to make milk jugs, detergent, oil bottles, toys and some plastic bags.

*It doesn’t release any chemicals.

*Recommended when buying bottled water as they are the safest in the market.


PVC or 3V : Polyvinyl chlorideV

*Soft, flexible plastic.

*Used to make food wrapping, cooking oil bottles , teething rings, children’s toys..

*It releases 2 toxic chemicals that affect the hormones in your body.


LDPE: Low-density polyethyleneldpe

*Not used in the production of bottles.

*Contains dangerous chemicals in food packaging.


PP: Polypropylene PP

*White colored or semi transparent plastic.

*Used for syrups and yogurt packaging.

*Excellent heat-resistance qualities.

*A good barrier against moisture, grease and chemicals.


PS: Polystyreneps

*A wide variety of uses: Disposable styrofoam drinking cups, take-out food containers, egg cartons and plastic picnic cutlery.

*Releases carcinogenic substances when heated.

*Not suitable for long-term use as a food or drink container.


PC or non-labeled plastic: Polycarbonatepc3

*Used in the production of sports water bottles and food containers.

*The most dangerous plastic.

*Reuse and recycling protocols are not standardized within this category.

*Risk of chemicals leaching into food or drink products.


Recycling benefits

  • Reduces the Size of Landfills
  • Conserves Natural Resources
  • Saves Money
  • Saves Energy
  • Stimulates the Use of Greener Technologies
  • Prevents Loss of Biodiversity
  • Builds A Strong Economy
  • Can Be Financially Rewarding
  • Protects Environment
  • Reduces Pollution
  • Reduces Global Warming
  • Creates green jobs




  • Recycled paper only creates 25% of the pollution that new paper creates when making it into new products.
  • A glass bottle will take 40,000 years to decompose if it’s not recycled. 
  • Recycling a single aluminium can will save enough electricity to power a TV for three hours. 
  • Recycling a single glass bottle will save enough energy to power a light bulb for four hours.
  • When a newspaper is recycled, it takes only seven days from to become a brand new newspaper! 
  • Approximately 88 percent of the energy is saved when plastic is made from plastic rather than from the raw materials of gas and oil.
  • Aluminium cans can actually be recycled and put back onto the shelf at your local grocery store in just about 2 months


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