Throwing recyclables into the wrong container? What a waste.
People around the world are trying to live in increasingly sustainable ways. From reducing carbon emissions to changing eating habits, there’s a range of ways to do your part for our planet. If you’re looking for an easy green habit for 2024, recycling could be a good place to start.
What to do
When it comes to recycling rules, always check your provider’s own specific regulations. For instance, Temple Terrace does not accept glass in recycling bins. Whether it’s the city you live in, or the county, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
The first general question is an obvious one: what can I recycle? Glass containers, paper, flattened cardboard, tin products, and aluminum cans/containers can usually be recycled. Remember to rinse off food + drink residue to avoid contaminating other recyclables.
Plastics can be complex + lead to confusion. In general, plastic jugs, bottles, and containers can all be recycled — remember to leave the lid on. Again, check your provider’s rules.
What to avoid
One thing to avoid is a practice known as “wishcycling,” defined as “the act of tossing something in your recycling bin with the mere hopes that it is recyclable.” In other words: if in doubt, just throw it out.
- The Big Guava has guidance for what can and cannot be recycled, as well as a search tool if you need to check something’s recyclability.
- Find information on the city’s collection schedules, and Hillsborough County drop-off sites.
- Tampa has an app on both Apple + Android which offers waste-related information at your fingertips.
- Protect the city by reporting illegal dumping.
St. Pete resources
- There is St. Pete-specific advice on recyclable materials, as well as the Burg’s own Waste Wizard search tool.
- Find out when to put those containers out in St. Pete, or hit up a Pinellas County drop-off location.
- The St. Pete Collects app is available on Apple + Android.
- Report illegal dumping to keep the Sunshine City clean.