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What We Recycle

During normal operation, Recoverable Resources currently accepts different types of items for recycling. These range from beverage containers to all types of paper and metals. A complete list of items and contaminants is shown below. During special events such as basketball season or student move-out, Recoverable Resources also accepts several items that are not allowed on this list such as plastic stadium cups or wood. Questions about anything on the materials list can be addressed to hlogan@odu.edu or (757) 683-3005.

Blend Paper

Americans use 85,000,000 tons of paper a year; about 680 pounds per person. To put this in perspective, an average American uses seven trees a year in paper, wood, and other products made from trees. This amounts to about 2,000,000,000 trees per year! Recoverable Resources accepts both white and blend paper.

Each ton (2000 pounds) of recycled paper saves 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 kilowatts of energy, and 7000 gallons of water.

Acceptable Materials

 Contaminants

  • White paper
  • Color paper
  • White paper with colored ink
  • Envelopes WITHOUT plastic windows or self adhesive labels
  • Yellow legal paper
  • Adding machine tape
  • Manila folders
  • NCR paper
  • Post-it notes
  • Cpo/green bar/blue star computer pape

  • Carbon paper
  • Envelopes with plastic windows or self adhesive labels
  • Stickers
  • Tape
  • Kraft or Goldenrod envelopes
  • Construction paper
  • Tissue or wax paper
  • Paper towels
  • Rubber bands 

Newsprint

If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we would save about 25,000,000 trees a year. Recycling a single run of the Sunday New York Times would save 75,000 trees. Magazines, catalogs and phonebooks may also be placed in recycling containers.

 

Acceptable Materials

Contaminants

  • Newspaper with glossy inserts
  • Phonebooks/Booklets with newsprint
  • Magazines/Catalogs
  • Glossy catalogs
  • Glossy magazines
  • String
  • Very thick or hardboard catalogs

     

     

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    Cardboard

    By recycling cardboard, we can save 25% of the energy used to make new cardboard. Approximately 50% of all corrugated cardboard in the U.S. is recycle -- the highest percentage of any paper product.

    Acceptable Materials

    Contaminants

    •  Corrugated cardboard (Corrugated: holes in side)
    • Chipboard (cereal boxes, six pack containers)
    • Pizza boxes or any cardboard contaminated with grease spots or food
    • Waxed cardboard
    • Styrofoam

    Aluminum

    Every three months - Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild every plane in our commercial air fleet. Using recycled aluminum instead of raw material reduces air pollution by 95%, water pollution by 97% and energy use by 95%. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours -- or the equivalent of a half a gallon of gasoline.

     Acceptable Materials

    Contaminants

    • Aluminum beverage cans
    • Aluminum foil (rinsed)
    • Any material contaminated with food

    Steel/Bi-metal Cans

    In the past, tin was often used to prevent corrosion in food cans, but today it is rarely called for in the manufacturing process. Steel is infinitely recyclable. Recycled steel is identical to steel that is produced from virgin ore.

    Acceptable Materials

     Contaminants

    •  Food cans (rinsed)
    • Pet food cans
    • Tuna cans
    • Non-rinsed food cans

    Plastic

    Annually, the U.S. produces the equivalent of 10 pounds of plastic for every person on Earth. Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour! Most of them are thrown away! Plastic is NOT biodegradable, meaning that once in the landfill, it will stay there forever. Recoverable Resources accepts #1 PETE and #2 HDPE plastics. These numbers can be found on the bottoms of plastic containers.

     Acceptable Materials

     Contaminants

    • Plastic drink bottles (#1 plastic)
    • Plastic milk containers (#2 plastic)
    • The mouth of the container must be smaller than the body
    • Plastic from food sources, cleaning
    • Solutions, industrial products
    • Food containers such as yogurt, peanut butter etc.