Your recycling bin is not hungry. It does not crave a midnight snack and it is not interested in finishing the last sip of your soda or bottled water. In fact, recycling bins thrive on a steady stream of plastics, paper, cardboard, and metal that is free of liquids and food. Small quantities of foods and liquids may seem harmless, but the truth is they contaminate recyclable material and contribute to a slew of problems at the materials recovery facility where the recycling material is sorted into individual commodities.
Photo by Beth Holbrook – Waste Management
All recyclables must be free of food and any liquids. When containers that are not empty go in the bin, they ruin good recycling and sometimes result in the entire load going to the landfill. As drink bottles are crushed, liquids spill out and cover surrounding material in a wet, sticky, odorous mess that attracts rodents, insects, and make the material unmarketable. Always remember that when it comes to recycling, Clean is Best – Trash the Rest.
Propane Tanks PDF
Summer is in full swing and barbeque season is underway. As you use your gas-fired barbeque grill, be sure to use the propane tank safely and follow the manufactures’ instructions. Never bring your propane tank indoors or into an enclosed space. If you suspect a leak, do not use the propane tank. Be sure to have a certified dealer perform any maintenance or repairs that are required and do not attempt to empty or cut open a tank.
Photo by Lesha Earl – Trans-Jordan
If your old propane tank has outlived its usefulness, be sure to dispose of it properly! Improper disposal of propane tanks poses a serious safety threat to waste and recycling workers. These tanks contain compressed flammable gas that can cause fires or explosions when compacted inside of garbage trucks. And regardless of their size, propane tanks are never allowed in curbside recycling bins. Even tanks that seem to be empty can contain a small amount of gas that must be properly recovered and the tank depressurized.
Propane tanks can be properly disposed of at outdoor exchange facilities or dropped off at household hazardous waste (HHW) locations throughout the valley. The Trans-Jordan HHW accepts propane tanks for free.