A Little Recycling Magic

A new group in town called Sustainable Roanoke provides info and inspiration via Facebook. But its leader, Celeste Delgado-Librero is committed to action as well as education. One of her first steps was to gather together like-minded folks committed to finding a place for those hard-to-recycle items: #5 plastics, foil-lined bar wrappers, plastic bags. This group of volunteers will be collecting a specific set of items. They are planning to collect once a month, at a variety of venues, so follow their Facebook page to see when and where to bring your “un-recyclables.” Here’s the list of exactly what they can recycle:

  • Plastic bags and film, including: grocery and produce plastic bags, ziplock and other reclosable bags, case overwraps (like the ones that cover cases of bottled water for example), plastic mailers, plastic that is used to mail stuff, dry cleaning bags, salt bags. cereal bags…
  • Styrofoam: both foodservice (without any residue!) and packing styrofoam.
  • #5 plastics. Plastic caps (even if not marked), prescription bottles.
  • #6 rigid cups. Only cups, no other #6.
  • Toothpaste tubes (and caps) – cut tip off and rinse thoroughly. Toothbrushes, toothpaste cartons, toothbrush outer packaging, and floss containers. (TerraCycle)
  • Foil-lined energy bar wrappers
  • Chip and snack bags
  • All brands of blades and razors (systems and disposable units, and replaceable-blade cartridge units), rigid plastic packaging, and flexible plastic bag packaging. (TerraCycle)
  • Hair care packaging such as shampoo caps, conditioner caps, hair gel tubes and caps, hair spray triggers, and hair paste caps. Skin care packaging such as lip balm tubes and caps, soap dispensers and tubes, body wash caps, lotion dispensers and caps. Cosmetics packaging such as lipstick cases, lip gloss tubes, mascara tubes, eye shadow cases, bronzer cases, foundation packaging, powder cases, eyeliner cases, eyeliner pencils, eye-shadow tubes, concealer tubes, concealer sticks, and lip liner pencils. (TerraCycle)
  • All brands of markers
  • Guitar strings
  • Bread clips (which will go to Danielle Cares for Chairs, a non-profit that recycles the tags and uses the funds to provide wheelchairs to people in need)

Very important: All items must be washed, clean, and dry .

Donations are encouraged to pay for the shipment of the items to their recyclers.

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