Materials: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
There will be a list of materials in this section of the website that can be accessed under the Materials: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle section on the Solid Waste Management Information tab. Clicking on each type of material (currently in purple) will lead you to a page listing the resources for that specific material.
Materials: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Ideas for recycling disaster debris: Green waste, such as trees and shrubs, can be “recycled” into valuable organic material, such as compost or mulch.
Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, it is the responsibility of the generator (the person who creates the waste) to "characterize" the waste (determine if it is hazardous) and to manage it appropriately. If your facility generates more than 7-8 computers in a month (assuming you have no other hazardous waste), you will fall into the category of "Small Quantity Generator." If you have many more computers, you could be a "Large Quantity Generator." This makes you subject to RCRA requirements. In this case, you can be subject to civil and criminal penalties if you were to send these computers to the landfill in regular trash or to break them intentionally as part of disposal. You need to recycle these. If you recycle, the computers will not be treated as a hazardous waste, under a new proposed CRT (cathode ray tube) rule.
Not All Computer Recyclers Are Doing It Right!
Property Management Regulations Applicable to Computer Disposal and Donation:
Federal Resources for Computer Recycling:
Firing Range Waste
General Household Hazardous Waste
General Household Hazardous Waste includes products, such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides that contain potentially hazardous ingredients.
Light Tubes and Ballast Recycling: Factsheets on Light Tube Crushing:
Factsheets on Mercury-Containing Thermostats:
Information about Removing Mercury Switches in Autos:
State Websites on Mercury Recycling:
Types of metal that can be recycled:
Organic Waste (Food waste, yard waste, wood waste)
Categories of Paper
Although shredded paper is not a separate grade of paper, shredded paper can be recycled (usually as a mixed grade) as long as it is shredded to an appropriate size and does not contain an unacceptable level of contaminants, such as plastics. Collection program coordinators who want to recycle shredded paper should check with their contract hauler to determine appropriate shred size and level of contamination acceptable for recycling.
Some types of plastic can be recycled by your local recycling contractor.
Different types of plastic can be identified using resin identification codes, represented by numbers on the bottom of plastic containers:
Scrap tires, as a solid waste, are regulated primarily by state governments. Currently, 48 states have laws or regulations specifically dealing with scrap tires.
Science and Technology – Innovative Uses for Scrap Tires
Used Motor Oil (and Used Oil Filters)
Used oil can be re-refined into lubricants, processed into fuel oils, and used as raw materials for the refining and petrochemical industries. Used oil filters contain reusable scrap metal, which steel producers can use as scrap feed.
There are often local businesses that will collect, repair and/or recycle pallets. Here are a few examples of companies with these types of services.
Recycling of Additional Materials Using Earth 911
You may still be able to recycle some materials that were not listed in this document. For a more complete list of recyclable materials, refer to Earth 911.
U.S. Department of the Interior
Greening of the Interior