Recycling Tips

We all get into certain routines, including with our recycling. Sometimes we need to refresh our knowledge and habits. For example, a relative of mine puts her newspaper back in the plastic bag it comes in each day and puts the package into the recycling bin. When I questioned this she said “this is what all my neighbors do.” But plastic bags are not to be included with the regular recycling stream. They can clog the machines. They should be returned to a local supermarket that accepts them for recycling.

Other important tips to remember:

  • You can leave the caps on plastic bottles in Winston-Salem
  • Remove caps/lids from glass bottles and jars
  • No bottle caps or tops on cardboard milk and juice cartons
  • Steel food and beverage can lids only if still attached and tucked inside
  • Aerosol cans must be empty.  Remove and discard caps.  Do not flatten.
  • Shredded paper to be bagged and tied in a clear plastic bag
  • No Styrofoam egg cartons
  • You can leave the sheet windows in envelopes from junk and office mail

For a complete list of what you can and cannot recycle in Winston-Salem go to:

Barbara Sprainitis is a retired accountant from the northeast. She started her college experience at the University of Maine at Orono in Environmental Science - Soil and Water Conservation before switching to Business. After graduating from UMO with a BS in Business Administration, Barbara went through the GE Financial Management Program.  Now Barbara is retired and enjoys volunteering with PEA.