Many of us using more cleaning and personal protective items these days and it can be confusing which items go in the garbage and which can be recycled.
Here's a quick guide:
- Face masks and face shields
- Facial tissues
- Plastic gloves
- All wipes (even those labelled flushable or biodegradable) and wipe bags and boxes
- Empty hand sanitizer bottles smaller than 6 oz
Make sure all garbage is bagged and securely tied to avoid litter and protect the safety of waste collectors and the community.
- Cardboard boxes from tissues, soap and gloves
- Cardboard tubes from paper towels and toilet paper rolls
- Plastic bottles from cleaning supplies (empty, rinsed)
- Plastic hand sanitizer bottles larger than 6oz. (empty, rinsed)
- Plastic cylinder shaped wipe containers (see picture)
For hand sanitizer and hand soap, consider buying a larger bottle and refilling the smaller bottles you use every day. This prevents packaging waste and can save money.
Have a question about an item that's not listed here? Ask us: firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-823-7202.
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Thanks to Washington County for sharing their recycling visuals.