Pop quiz: What do soda cans, newspapers, tin foil and medication bottles have in common?
Answer: They all can — and should — be recycled.
We’re long past the days when recycling was a novel concept practiced only by the greater Birkenstock community.
Today, whether you’re depositing items into those big blue bins on the sidewalk, some fancy home-garbage-separator-thingy purchased off SkyMall or hauling loads old school to the local dispensary, recycling is basically second nature to us.
But here’s the rub: While 69% of American say they recycle, only 20% say they recycle bathroom items.
That’s a lot of recyclable resources going down the drain.
To help correct this problem, some savvy folks from Johnson & Johnson have created a new campaign called CaretoRecycle.com.
On the website, you’ll find a bunch of free tools and information to help you carry over the recycling tradition to some of the busiest rooms in your home.
To get started, here’s a handy refresher list of what can and can’t be recycled in most communities.
Plastic bottles and caps marked #1 (PETE) and #2 (HDPE), including:
Paper stuff, including:
Cartons for over-the-counter drugs, lotions, soaps, bandages, etc.
Unfortunately, the following items are not commonly accepted by most municipalities:
Tubes (like toothpaste)
Pumps (take the pump-part off and recycle the bottle)
So next time you’re painstakingly squeezing out the last of your toothpaste, remember to join the 20% and put your bathroom back to work for the environment.
For more information, go to CaretoRecycle.com.