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Ton: Know what to recycle and what to toss

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Chesterton Town Council Member Jim Ton, R-1st, is urging residents to learn exactly what can be recycled and what can’t be.

At issue: non-recyclable items tossed into a bin contaminate an entire load of recycling.

“If it isn’t recyclable, it won’t be accepted,” Ton said at Monday night’s council meeting. “It spoils the whole batch. They’ll just dump it in the land fill. If you’re not sure whether an item is recyclable, bite the bullet and just throw it in the trash or it will contaminate everything.”

The following items are not recyclable:

* Paper: self-stick labels, shredded paper, used paper plates, tissue paper, gum and candy wrappers, paper cups, paper towels.

* Cartons: foam egg cartons, ice cream cartons.

* Plastic: large storage bins, plastic wrap, plastic grocery bags, plastic bread bags, snack bags (chips, fruit snacks, etc.), storage bags, outdoor hoses, flex packaging (baby food pouches, fruit snack packages, etc.), CD and DVD packages, bubble wrap, plastic silverware, Solo cups, prescription bottles, motor oil containers, clothes hangers, polystyrene cups or plates.

* Metal: aluminum foil.

* Glass: mirrors, window glass, dish and drinking glasses.

* Other: wood, food, yard waste, hazardous material, pizza boxes, aerosol cans, light bulbs, batteries, televisions and electronics.







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