Recyclable Disposables

Disposables that are recyclable are much better options than disposables that go into the landfill. Of course having compostable disposables may be even better, but not everyone participates in a compost program. Avoid disposables as much as possible, but when necessary, use items that are recyclable.

It is important to be sure that products you use are truly recyclable. Are there coatings that don't decompose like the base material does? Will your recycling center accept that product?

Be careful not to mix items if your recycling center doesn't sort them at their site. If you put corn plastic in with regular petroleum based plastic, the entire batch is ruined. Paper can be ruined for recycling if mixed with the wrong types of paper. The same hold for cardboards -- paperboard doesn't mix with corrugated board. The rules aren't hard, but they are important.