What is Recyclable in Macon County? Steel Cans and aerosol cans?please rinse and/or remove plastic lids, metal lids are recyclable. It is more environmentally sound to remove the label, but it is up to the individual. Aerosol cans must be empty. Newspaper and Computer paper can be placed in the same container. Please don't throw magazines, junk mail paper or plastic bags in with the paper. It's very important not to throw or hide other things in with the paper. When it is sold to the open market and there are contaminants mixed with it, then it is considered trash and it's no longer recyclable. # 1 Plastic?rinse and remove lid. The best way to tell what the plastic is made of is by looking on the bottom of the container. If it has a #1 on the bottom then it is recyclable. The exception to the rule is that if the container is black, brown or has not neck, it cannot be recycled. The reason for this is that the black & brown pigment prevents the string from being pigmented to the appropriate color and if there is no neck, then it will jam the equipment used to shred the material. An example of what it's used for is fleece material, which is a popular material for cold weather climates, and industrial strength carpets. #2 Plastic?rinse and remove lid. It is very important to rinse out the material for health reasons. After all, who would think sour milk has a great smell? You can also look on the bottom of the container for the #2 symbol. Exceptions to the rules are: butter tubs, they have been sprayed with a chemical to make it easier to get the butter off the sides. This makes the material brittle when it is recycled. Oil containers still have the oil residue inside them and will cause an explosion. Please only put the proper plastics in the proper bins, rinsed, with no lids. Glass: Brown, Green, Clear and Blue?please don't mix any of the colors except clear and blue. Only recycle items that have previously been used as a food and beverage container. Please rinse container and remove lid. The following materials cannot be recycled by glass container plants and should not be mixed in with glass. Mirrors, Ceramic cups and Plates, Clay flower pots, Crystal, Light Bulbs, Automotive and Window Glass, Heat Resistant Ovenware, Drinking Glasses. Mixing renders the whole load (20 tons) unacceptable for recycling. There are many reasons for this. Some of these items contain lead or mercury or some need more heat (4 times more) to melt and some of these items are not glass. Aluminum Cans: please rinse and flatten. Please don't put aluminum foil, pie pans, oven roasters or any other items in with aluminum cans. These items are made with the residue created by making aluminum cans and are not recyclable. Corrugated Cardboard: Please make sure all packaging material is removed and no oily residues are present. It is very important to clean out boxes. Contaminants left in the box could be baled and one the buyer discovers it, we could lose out on the potential revenues. Pilot program: Mixed Paper is being accepted at our Otto site. This is a test run but we hope to expand in the near future. Other items such as white goods, steel, unpainted and/or untreated wood, brush, leaves, tires, car batteries, used oil, and used antifreeze can be recycled at the landfill if they are separated and put in the proper container/location. Please keep these items out of the trash containers: wood, furniture, mattresses, tires and liquids. Backyard Composting should also be a vital program in your recycling efforts. If you need help in getting started or need general information please call the Macon County Solid Waste Department @ 349-2252. Recycling in Macon county serves many purposes; conserves natural resources, saves energy, creates less pollution, saves our landfill space, and it puts money back into our general tax base income funds. The more we recycle the more money we generate. This will create less of a burden for us on taxes. By volume, 80% of the waste generated is either recyclable or compostable. To get an idea of how much waste you generate, figure out how many days you have been alive. Remember, 365 days in a year, and 366 days in a leap year. Take that # and multiply that by 5. this will tell you how many pounds of waste you have generated in your lifetime, based on a national average of 5lbs of waste generated per person per day. The actual amount of waste generated for North Carolina is almost 6lbs per person per day, but we will use the national average. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me, Joel Ostroff @349-2252.