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Spirit of Acadiana: National Recycling Day

Posted: 8:32 AM, Nov 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-21 09:32:45-05
Garbage, recycling in Lafayette to run on Memorial Day

In today's Spirit of Acadiana Scott Brazda, participates in spreading more recyclables and potential recyclables for Bess Foret of the Lafayette Consolidated Government.

November 15 is National Recycling Day and we're making sure nothing gets turned into waste. According to "National Geographic," Americans send 64 tons of waste to landfills during their lifetime. That's 246 million tons of waste each year.

National Recycling Day aims to encourage Americans to purchase recycled products and recycle more.

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Many people find recycling has gotten more complicated lately, so they put everything they think is recyclable into their bin. They figure their municipality can get rid of anything that doesn't belong. The industry calls it 'wish-cycling'. It costs municipal governments hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

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The truth is that most local recycling programs prefer that if you're not sure whether an item is recyclable, you put it in the garbage - not your recycling container (actually, they prefer you use Recycle Coach to look up where it should go!)

1. Don't bag your recyclables

2. Recycle all bottles, jars and cans

3. No food or liquids in recycling

ACCEPTED ITEMS:

  • PAPER AND CARDBOARD
  • PLASTIC BOTTLES
  • ALUMINUM AND METAL

NOT ACCEPTED:

  • PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS
  • FOOD WASTE
  • YARD WASTE
  • LIGHTBULBS & WINDOW GLASS
  • BATTERIES
  • CERAMICS
  • CLOTHING
  • STYROFOAM
  • GARDEN HOSES
  • CONSTRUCTION WASTE

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