Submitted by swalzer on

We all know the benefits of recycling - it's better to re-use materials than let them sit in a landfill for decades or even centuries.

But, if you're like me, you may be surprised to find out that you've been mixing trash items into your recycling bins all these years. Who knew?!

In order for the recycling to go smoothly, be aware of what you can and cannot recycle!

There are many items which most of us assume we can just toss into the recycling bin, but we've been wrong. They unfortunately cannot be recycled. Glass bottles? Recycle. Phone books? Recycle. Plastic trays (i.e. frozen dinner trays)? Do not recycle. Lids or caps? Do not recycle.

Click on the link to Recycle These Items to find out what goes in and what stays out for Burlington County Recycling.

This leads me to my second point: if all these items cannot be recycled, then guess where they go? Landfills. Please think twice when buying items that will end up in the trash!