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This questions is tricky because it is dependent on where you live.
Each state, county, city and municipality has different guidelines on what they can and cannot recycle. This is why the easiest way to make sure you are recycling correctly...is to just use zero waste items.
But we don't live in a perfect world and every once in a while you will need to recycle.
WHAT TO ALWAYS RECYCLE:
Cardboard (flatten cardboard boxes)
Paper including newspapers, magazines, and mixed paper
Plastic shopping bags
Food soiled containers
Wet paper products
To get a better idea of what you can recycle in your area, check out: http://earth911.org
When it comes to recycling, a bad apple can ruin the whole bunch. Literally! Food cannot be recycled.
Anything that is not accepted at your local recycling facility will cause the entire bin to be sent to the landfill.
This is especially true for when recycling is thrown out in plastic trash bags. The entire bag is sent to the landfill.
There are several ways to compost.
The first is to have a compost pile outside.
A second option is to have a worm compost pile.
Several companies sell indoor compost machines, including vitamix:
Do your homework.
Many farmer's markets have compost drop off bins on site.
We don't live in a 100% circular economy, so being percent zero-waste just isn't an option.
How you can make an immediate change without completely cutting out all plastic is by starting small. Little actions add up!
-Bring a reusable bag to the grocery store or buy one when you get to the store
-Shop the edges of the super market, buy produce not wrapped in plastic
-Buy packaged items in large bulk
-Shop at farmers' markets, bulk stores, or local co-ops
-Take your mason jars to the store to fill up
-Use a reusable water bottle and coffee cup
-Make coffee at home
-Bring containers to restaurants to replace styrofoam
-Ask for no straw
-Bring metal utensils
-Buy sodas and drinks in aluminum cans or glass rather than plastic bottles
-SAY NO TO PLASTIC!
During the filming, Heather used her Sonicare electric toothbrush that she already had. She replaced the head after six months and kept the dirty brush head in her trash bin.
That's because you should always use what you have before running out to buy new zero-waste products.
Her Sonicare toothbrush stopped working a few months after filming wrapped, so she bought a bamboo electric toothbrush from PearlBar. Their toothbrush heads are 100% biodegradable.
She sent her old broken Sonicare to Terracycle to be recycled.
Here is a complete list of the products used in TRASHY:
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