Reduce Reuse Recycle

Have you heard of the Swarthmore ‘dirty dozen’ list? Nope, we’re not talking about produce, we’re talking about waste and recyclables.

Like many US cities and towns, Swarthmore uses a single stream recycling system, meaning all recyclables can be collected together. But, in order to be properly recycled, make sure you do not mix the following 12 items with your recyclables:

  • Plastic Bags – Place clean, dry plastic bags in the designated bin in the back of the Co-op
  • Materials Within Plastic Bags – Dispose of all items properly and place the clean, dry plastic bag in the bin in the back of the Co-op
  • Shredded paper – Compost shredded materials in your compost bin or recycle at the local recycling drop off center
  • Scrap Metal
  • Hazardous Waste – Such as oil, paint, auto fluid, pesticides, etc.
  • Diapers & Bio Hazardous Waste
  • Non Recyclable Plastics – Swarthmore only recycles #1, #2, #4, #5, and #7 plastics
  • Flattened Containers – Do not flatten containers such as soda cans and plastic containers
  • No Caps & Lids – Remove metal lids and recycle loosely in the bin, plastic lids and glass bottle caps cannot be recycled
  • Liquids – Empty and rinse all containers before reycling
  • Ceramics & Non Recyclable Glass – Such as mirrors, Pyrex, porcelain, etc. Donate these to Goodwill or the Salvation Army
  • Frozen Food Containers

For more information on what is not recyclable in Swarthmore, click here.

Remember, when recycling in Swarthmore there is no need to remove:

  • Paper clips
  • Stamps
  • Address labels
  • Staples
  • Metal fasteners
  • Cellophane
  • Address windows
  • Rubber bands
  • Spiral bindings
  • Plastic tabs

For more information, click here.


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