November 15th is America Recycles Day! Recycling has become a cornerstone for sustainable waste management in the United States, but it only works if we all commit to it. Recycling reduces trash that is sent to landfills or incinerators, and conserves our natural resources by giving old items new life.
Recycling is also great for our local communities; in a single year recycling in America contributes 757,000 jobs, 36.6 billion in wages, and 6.7 billion in tax revenues. Most of these benefits are taken in by the municipalities that support recycling efforts, helping communities thrive on sustainability!
For people living in Bloomington the city offers single stream recycling, which means you don't even have to sort your items! All you have to do is place your recyclable items loose in the cart provided by the city. A full list of what items are and are not acceptable can be found at the city's website: Bloomington Recycling
We advise you look over the list of acceptable items carefully to ensure that your recycling doesn't end up as trash in the future! If non-recyclables get mixed in with your recycling, it could contaminate the rest of the items. If the items get contaminated in a way that prevents sorting at the recycling facility, the load might have to be thrown out altogether. So, if you're not sure whether or not something can be recycled, you should err on the side of caution and throw it out with your normal trash.
If you have more specific recycling needs or you don't live in a city that offers recycling, you can turn to Monroe County! You can find a list of recycling facilities that accept a wide range of items here: Monroe County Go Green District