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Recycling is the process of separating, collecting, processing, marketing, and REUSING materials that would have otherwise been thrown away. When a product has been recycled and reused as a new product, the loop has been closed. For example, glass is 100% recyclable and can be used over and over again without any loss of quality.

Sort through your trash! It's the best way to discover where you can reduce waste. Is there anything reusable or repairable? Can you reduce the amount of disposable products you use?

Next time you purchase goods and products look for the 3R's.



What are the 3 R's?



Reduce -- your first line of defense for waste management

Reuse -- give it a second chance!

Recycling -- close the loop

This term is used to describe the last and most important step in the recycling process. It refers to the point when a consumer buys a recycled product after it has been put into a recycling program and processed into a new item.

Earth 911

For more information about recycling, including finding the collection center nearest you, visit Earth911.


What can we recycle in Osceola County?

Paper-newspaper, office paper, cardboard, magazines

Why recycle paper? If everyone in the US recycled just 1/10th of their newsprint, it would save approximately 25 million trees a year!

Aluminum-beverage containers, canned foods containers

Why recycle aluminum? Enough energy is saved by recycling one aluminum can to run a TV set for 3 hours.

Plastics-soda bottles, milk jugs, plastic bags (at grocery stores), detergent containers

Why recycle plastic? Five recycled plastic bottles makes enough fiberfill to stuff a ski jacket.

Glass-green, clear, amber

Why recycle glass? Glass never wears out. For every ton of glass that is recycled, a ton of resources (sand, soda ash, limestone, and feldspar) is saved.

Other metals-steel cans, automobile bodies, appliances

Why recycle steel? For every ton of steel that is recycled, 2500 pounds of iron ore, 1000 pounds of coal, and 40 pounds of limestone is preserved.

Yard trimmings-grass, leaves, clippings all by composting

Reuse these to mulch your yard!



Got packing peanuts?

Call the Plastic Loosefill Council at 1-800-828-2214 for a list of drop-off centers. Most UPS Store locations accept foam packaging peanuts for reuse. Check out The UPS Store for a location near you.



What do you do with old sneakers?

Old sneakers are recycled and reused to make new sports surfaces like running tracks and playground surfacing. Check out Nike's Reuse-A-Shoe program for more information and collection sites near you.


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