Recycling Education

Why is Recycling Important? 

Recycling is one of the best ways for you to have a positive impact on the world in which we live. Recycling is important to both the environment and us. With recycling, a substantial portion of our waste can be broken down into their original elements and be used to produce new materials. In this way, we can reduce the harmful waste we discard into the environment like pollution, and even conserve raw materials. (Adapted from All Recycling Facts and the Recycling Guide)

According to Waste Management, the average American will throw away 600 times the amount of his/her adult body weight in garbage. A 175 pound adult will throw away 105,000 in his/her lifetime. This is why we must be aware  and deliberate in making good decisions with recycling and trash habits. More statistics on recycling can be found here.

Tips on Recycling  from Waste Management 

When recycling in the Borough of Baldwin, recyclable materials do not need to be sorted. This is also known as single stream recycling. It's easy and saves time for you and eliminates more recycling trucks on the road.

The following facts may be helpful as you continue to recycle in Baldwin. Thank you for doing your part as a resident! 


  • Recycling 1 ton of  aluminum saves Saves 10 cubic yards of landfill space 
  • Prepare aluminum cans for recycling by either crushing the cans to save space or leaving them uncrushed.
  • Cans that are rinsed out will have little or no odor and are less likely to attract bugs.


  • Recycling 1 ton of cardboard saves 1.1 barrels (46 gallons) of oil
  • Prepare cardboard for recycling by removing all other materials in the box such as plastic wrap, polystyrene peanuts and other packing materials.
  • Break down cardboard boxes to save storage space.
  • Try to keep cardboard dry and free from food waste. Cardboard can get wet and still be recycled, but is more difficult to carry due to the added weight of the water.
  • Recycling 1 ton of glass saves 2 cubic yards of landfill space
  • Prepare glass containers for recycling by rinsing out with water.
  • Labels on glass containers do not have to be removed because they are removed during the crushing process and/or burned off during the melting process.
  • Avoid breaking the glass and mixing broken colors together as this may make the glass unacceptable for recycling.


  • Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 trees
  • Recyclable paper includes: magazines and catalogs, telephone books, direct mail, brochures, pamphlets and booklets in addition to cereal, cake, chip and cracker boxes.
  • Be sure to remove the liner and all food from the box, flatten the box and place flattened box in a paper sack with your junk mail, mixed paper, magazines and catalogs.
  • Non-recyclable paper includes tissue, waxed and carbon paper.
  • Prepare plastic containers for recycling by ensuring first that they are either in the accepted form of plastic which are plastics #1-#7.
  • Accepted plastics include pop (soda) bottles cooking-oil bottles, peanut-butter jars,milk, water and juice bottles, bleach and detergent bottles, margarine tubs, window cleaner bottles, cooking-oil containers,detergent powder containers,  food packaging, shrink-wrap, carryout bags, heavy-duty bags, yogurt containers, screw-on caps and drinking straws,  often incorrectly referred to as Foam cups or packing materials, a Dow Chemical brand trademark, the category includes cutlery and plates, foam coffee cups, egg cartons, meat trays, yogurt containers, squeezable syrup and condiment bottles and some microwave food trays
  • Remove plastic tops from the plastic containers being recycled and rinse containers with water.
  • Crushing containers will help save space while storing them.