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Posted on: November 15, 2022

America Recycles Day

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November 15 is America Recycles Day! This is a national day (originally started in Texas) dedicated to promoting the importance of recycling and rethinking how we use materials. Every year, millions of tons of materials are processed into consumer goods. After these materials are disposed of they are dumped into landfills where some remain for decades to centuries unable to decompose. This is why it’s so important to try to reuse packaging when possible, or at least reduce the use of materials that do not quickly decompose. After reuse, recycling comes into play as an intermediate step for materials to be beneficial before they become waste. 

On America Recycles Day, the Lakeway Solid Waste Department would like to remind you that one of the most important steps to the recycling process is ensuring that your recyclable materials are properly placed into your blue recycling cart. Please do NOT bag your recyclables. Plastic bags can damage machinery at the recycling center. Rinse your material if necessary and place loosely in your cart for the recycling crew to pick up. 

Here are some additional tips on what you can and cannot typically recycle: 

Image showing what can and cannot be recycled

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