Recycling is the single most beneficial activity someone can engage in to increase the economic and environmental sustainability of their city. Recycling benefits the local economy by providing a sources of material (plastics, glass, metals, etc.) readily available for processing and manufacturing into new products.
Recyclable material in Peoria is diverted from area landfills and instead taken for processing at area materials recovery facilities (MRF) where it is separated, sorted, and packaged for sale to product manufacturers. Recycling also contributes to the regions overall environmental sustainability by reducing the amount of raw materials extracted from the Earth for manufacturing products.
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How to Properly Recycle in Peoria
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The City of Peoria provides co-mingled curbside recycling for city residents. There is no need to separate the recyclables. Please DO NOT bag your recyclables, except for shredded paper. Drop your plastic bags off at the store where you shop, or find a drop off location.
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What do the numbers and symbols on plastics mean?
It is important to remember that not all plastics with the plastic symbol (see the table below) are recyclable in a curbside collection system.
The Society of the Plastics Industry developed plastic resin identification codes in 1988 to help consumers and manufacturers efficiently sort plastics for recycling. However, the presence of the code – a three-sided “chasing arrow” triangle with a number inside – tells only what material it’s made from and doesn’t mean a plastic container can be routinely recycled.
If you use a City of Peoria bin for recycling, a handy tip to remember is that if it the plastic container:
- holds its shape when crumpled, and/or
- would hold liquid then that item is suitable for recycling and can be placed into your bin.
All rigid plastics labeled from 1 – 7 can be put in your curbside recycling bin. However, lightweight polystyrene, such as used for meat trays, packaging (including foam packing 'peanuts') and hot drink cups should not be put in curbside recycle bins.
For additional information please contact the Peoria Customer Service at 623-773-7160 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.