Why Recycle

Recycling conserves precious natural resources, since less raw material is needed to be extracted and processed!

According to the Environmental Defense Fund, the average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of paper each year – and the effects of producing and not recycling all that paper really adds up!

Small businesses matter! Research has indicated that nationwide, offices with fewer than 50 employees generate nearly 40% of discarded printing and writing paper!

Recycling helps protect your health as well as the environment!

Recycling reduces air and water pollution!

Recycling reduces greenhouse gas emissions!

Recycling saves ENERGY

How to Recycle

Mercer County, Ohio’s Curbside Recycling Program requires the following 2-bag system.
Recycling Bag 1, bag of cardboard

BAG #1

  • Newspapers
  • Catalogs
  • Magazines
  • Junk Mail
  • Office Paper
  • Food Boxes (wax inserts removed)
  • Paper Egg Cartons
  • Cardboard** (Corrugated Cardboard tied in small bundles is acceptable)

All paper products need to be free of food contaminants.

Recycling Bag 2, bag of plastics

BAG #2

  • Aluminum Cans, Foil & Pie Pans
  • Tin Cans – please rinse (labels can stay on)
    #1 & #2 plastic containers (please rinse and remove all caps)  *3 Gal containers or less, such as milk jugs, pop bottles, detergent containers. Plastic bags should be combined together into one.
  • Glass bottles & jars only – please rinse (labels can stay on

What NOT to Recycle

NO salt bags, plastic wrapping, rubber bands, paper clips, carbon paper, hardback books, spiral notebooks, Styrofoam egg cartons, waxed containers, facial tissues, paper towels, cellophane, multi-layer bags (dog food bags, etc), paint cans, ribbons or bows.
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