Recycling is easy by the numbers

For Wapakoneta residents looking to participate in the city’s curbside recycling program, there are a few rules that need to be followed to insure that recyclable materials can be processed properly.

The first thing to remember is what can be placed in the red recycling bin and what cannot.

Green, brown and clear glass bottles and jars, aluminum cans, steel or tin cans, No. 1 plastic containers and No. 2 plastic containers are all acceptable items that can be recycled.

No.1 plastic containers are typically soda and water bottles, but can also be beer bottles, salad dressing containers, mouthwash bottles and peanut butter containers. No. 2 containers are things like milk jugs, butter tubs, household cleaner containers, juice bottles, shampoo bottles and detergent bottles, among others.

The city does not accept plastic containers marked as No. 3, 5 and 7. No. 3 materials include window cleaner and certain detergent bottles, as well as cooking oil bottles, food packaging and plumbing pipes. Examples of No. 5 containers are yogurt, ketchup and syrup bottles, as well as caps, straws and medicine bottles. Finally, No. 7 materials are those plastic containers that don’t fit into the other categories, such as sunglasses, ‘bullet-proof’ materials and DVD, iPod and computer cases.

They also do not accept motor oil or gasoline cans in the recycling bins.

“The reason we can’t accept these materials is because there is no market for it,” Wapakoneta Public Works Superintendent Meril Simpson said. Simpson is referring to recyclable materials that are sold to factories to be reused to make products. Containers marked as No. 1 and 2 can easily be made into materials that can be sold, while Nos. 3, 5 and 7 are not as easy to make and sell.

For a complete story, see the Tuesday, April 22, 2014, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.