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Greensboro, NC -- 2WTK viewer Sharon Gideon is religious about recycling. The problem is, she has questions. And her questions may be yours too! (we have a recycle resource guide for all areas at the bottom of this article)

Sharon says, "I put a lot of water bottles in the recycling bin, but I'm not sure if I'm doing it the right way. Does the lid have to be off, how about the label? Is it okay if it still has a little water in it?"

Susan Heime With Guiflord County jumps in quickly, "Plastic bottles should be drained before they are placed in your recycling bin. Labels are not a problem and there is no need to remove them. It is preferable to leave the cap on the bottle than to have any remaining liquid draining onto the paper and cardboard that you also place in your recycling container. 

Sharon also asked if she needed to wash out containers before she put them in the bin.

Here is Susan's answer. "Please bear in mind that if you live outside the cities of Greensboro and High Point, you may only recycle PLASTIC BOTTLES - other containers, such as yogurt cups and microwave trays, still go into your trash. As a general rule, it is best to remove the majority of food residue from any type of container before you recycle it. Although these materials don't pose a problem with the actual recycling process, they do attract pests and vermin at the recycling center and therefore may present a hazard to workers in the facility. . I try to reuse paper towels and napkins to give everything a quick swipe before I toss it into my recycling." 

Do you need to worry that if you put something that is not recyclable in the bin that it will all go in the garbage? Susan says, "Materials are sorted, either through an automatic process or a manual process. Items that are not recyclable are removed from the waste stream and sent to the landfill. However, remember that when you recycle correctly, you eliminate a lot of extra labor and transportation costs that are required to remove unacceptable materials and dispose of them properly."


Saturday, October 12  8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Laughlin Professional Development Center (formerly Laughlin Primary School), 7911 Summerfield Road, Summerfield.

The event is open to all Guilford County residents. You can bring ties, appliances, e-waste, mattresses, box springs and even 5 boxes of personal documents to shred.




Recycling Resources:

NC Dept. Of Environment & Natural Resources Map Look-Up

Earth 911 Recycling "Zip Code Look-Up" 

Guilford County

City of Greensboro 

City Of Winston-Salem

Rockingham County 

Stokes County

Randolph County 

Davidson County

Alamance County  








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