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Sorting it Out: A Guide to Properly Recycling Different Types of Materials

Recycling is an important process that helps reduce waste and protect the environment. By recycling, we can conserve natural resources, reduce pollution, and save energy. However, not all materials can be recycled in the same way. In fact, improper recycling may cause more harm than good.

To ensure proper recycling, it is important to sort out different types of materials before they are sent for recycling. This guide will provide you with all the necessary information on how to properly recycle different types of materials.

Paper and Cardboard

Paper and cardboard are some of the most common materials that can easily be recycled. However, it is important to note that not all paper and cardboard are created equal. For example, glossy or coated paper cannot be recycled in the same way as regular paper. Therefore, it is important to separate these materials before recycling.


Plastics are a widely used material and can be found in almost every household. However, not all plastics can be recycled in the same way. Plastics are categorized into seven different types, and each type has a specific recycling process. It is important to check the recycling codes on plastic products and sort them accordingly before sending them for recycling.


Glass is another commonly used material that can be recycled endlessly without losing its quality. However, not all glass items can be recycled through curbside programs. For example, light bulbs and broken glass should not be included in regular recycling as they can cause harm to workers at the recycling facility. Instead, these items can be brought to the Green Monster e-Cycling program for proper handling.


In conclusion, proper waste management is crucial for preserving our environment and promoting sustainability. Through initiatives like Green Monster e-Cycling, West Hartford is setting an example for other communities to follow. 

By educating residents about responsible recycling practices and providing convenient options for recycling various materials, West Hartford is creating a greener and more sustainable future for all.

 Let’s all do our part in keeping our planet clean and healthy by properly disposing of our waste through programs like Green Monster e-Cycling.  So the next time you’re unsure about how to dispose of certain items, remember that West Hartford has your back with their comprehensive waste management programs.




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