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Recyclopedia: Can I recycle it?


Test your knowledge about recycling in Massachusetts.

Smart Recycling Guide

Here’s what can and can’t go in your recycling bin.

The Video

Why these common items don’t belong in the bin.

Featured Stories

Let's Talk About Plastic (part 2)...

Dear Wicked Smart Recycler,

I get that you can only recycle plastic bottles, jugs, jars and tubs here in Massachusetts. Unfortunately, my favorite coffee comes in a non-recyclable plastic pouch. It’s #PlasticFreeJuly and I don’t know what to do – help!

Let's Talk About Plastic...

Dear Wicked Smart Recycler,

I recently watched a special about plastic recycling and now my head is spinning. I found out that all of the plastic that I’ve been recycling is either ending up in the ocean or going to developing countries where it is being burned or dumped...

A Day in the Life at a Recycling Facility

Meet Moe. Okay, his real name is Ed but “Ed Says No” just didn’t have the same ring to it. You may recognize Ed (er, Moe) from the Recycle Smart social channels reminding you what wacky items shouldn’t go in your recycling bin...

Every Day Is Earth Day When You Recycle Smart

It’s the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, and boy, have we come a long way since the first one. Let’s take a quick trip back, shall we? ...

MA Trash & Recycling Updates During COVID-19

While we are all adjusting to the “new normal”, many folks are wondering if anything has changed with recycling. Good news. Collection of trash and recycling is considered an “essential service” under Governor Baker’s executive order...

Cooped up at Home?...

Inspired by our friends at the City of Cambridge, the Recycle Smart Team wanted to share some tips for how to reduce waste while you are practicing social distancing. You may be getting less use out of your reusable coffee tumbler lately...

Breaking up with Single-Use Plastics

We wouldn’t normally recommend breaking up on Valentine’s Day – but when we reflect on our love/hate relationship with single-use plastics – sometimes enough is enough...

Do you have 20/20 Recycling vision?

While recent news stories about recycling might have you believe otherwise, the answer is an emphatic no, recycling is not a wasted effort. The cans, bottles and paper you put in your recycling bin are part of an important supply chain..

Holiday E-Commerce Recycling

Massachusetts residents can expect a blizzard of boxes this holiday season with the U.S. Postal Service estimating it will deliver a mind-boggling 910 million packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year...

Thankful Not Wasteful

With the holiday season fast approaching, we would be remiss if we didn’t talk about the topic on all of our minds…. food. Despite our love of Thanksgiving leftovers – it turns out we aren’t that good at gobbling up all of our food, especially at the holidays...

Making every thread count...

While clothing and other textiles do not belong in your recycling bin - that doesn't mean they belong in the trash! Here’s a staggering fact: the amount of clothing that is thrown away each year in the United States has increased 43 percent between 2003 and 2013...

WCVB’s Chronicle Dives into Recycling

NEEDHAM, Mass. — Nearly all residents in Massachusetts say they recycle, but according to the state Department of Environmental Protection, about half of them are not recycling properly. Recycling contamination both costs cities and towns money...

Plastics – What’s recyclable and what becomes trash

NPR – August 21, 2019 – Every year, the average American goes through more than 250 pounds of plastic waste, and much of that comes from packaging. So what do we do with it all?

#BottleCapChallenge 2.0 - Put a lid on it

Let’s talk about the #bottlecapchallenge. In case you missed it – this is the latest social media craze that has people all around the world showing off their karate skills kicking lids off soda bottles...

Mercury Rising

Whew – it’s been one hot summer! Let’s talk about another “hot topic”: mercury. Specifically, batteries that contain mercury. In this issue, we’re doing a deep dive into batteries (all kinds!) and what to do when you’re finished with them...

Winchester takes recycling a notch up

Winchester has kicked its recycling program up a notch. The effort is part of the state-wide initiative Recycle Smart by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Read the full story...

From Cans to Cars...Aluminum and Steel are Infinitely Recyclable

Metal food and beverage cans are probably the most readily recyclable items in our homes and workplaces. But not everyone knows the difference between these two kinds of metals or what happens to them once they’re collected...

What holiday items can be recycled?

Check out this short news clip from WWLP-22 featuring how to Recycle Smart this holiday season. From wrapping paper, ribbons and bows, to paper plates, napkins and utensils – your most pressing holiday recycling questions answered.

Is Recycling a Waste?

It seems like every day another negative recycling story hits the news. It’s no wonder our neighbors, friends and family are asking “is my recycling just going to a landfill?” or “should I even bother?”

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#DYK it's National Book Lovers Day! Donate books or look for a neighborhood book share. If your books have truly reached their epilogue, put paperbacks in your recycling bin but not hardcovers 📚.⠀

There are lots of other ways to give old books a second life. Look out for More Than Words (@mtwyouth) book donation bins, join a local @BuyNothingProject group on social media, or start a book swap with friends and family!⠀

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Does all the plastic I recycle end up in the ocean? How do I avoid plastic packaging at the grocery store? Is recycling plastic worth it?⠀

Before you give up on plastic recycling altogether, check out what we've learned from the experts: https://bit.ly/31BBpaP⠀

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Headed to the beach? Leave no trace the Recycle Smart way!⠀

💧 Water: bring a reusable bottle or redeem/recycle plastic ones.⠀
🥪 Food: bring a reusable container and save scraps to compost.⠀
💩 Dog poop: reuse plastic bags and scoop it up.⠀

How else do you stay sustainable?⠀

#RecycleSmart #RecycleSmartMA #RecyclingInMA #LeaveNoTrace #Beach #BeachDay #BeachLife #Summer #GetOutside #Ocean #Water #Reduce #Reuse #Sea #OceanView #VitaminSea #Sustainability #ZeroWaste #PlasticFree #WednesdayWisdom

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