With summer starting this week and the nice weather outside, many of us will do a lot of cleaning and purging old items around our place. While this makes us feel good to do some deep cleaning, please keep in mind the rules and regulations of your association. Keep a few things to remember: do not overload your association’s trash or recycling. Be a good neighbor, and don’t just leave items out days ahead of pick-up days. Please always dispose of items correctly, and if you have a more significant load or large items, please make sure to call a company for a special pick up of your items. 

Whenever possible, we all need to do our part to recycle and cut down on waste. Advantage Management and your associations want to thank you for doing your part. We want to remind everyone of some best practices regarding recycling for yourself and the association.

Here are some simple tips for recycling more effectively at home:

  1. Flatten cardboard boxes so that you can fit more recyclables into your bin.
  2. All plastic bottles can be recycled, from water bottles to salad dressing, so put all of them in your recycling container. Items that had food should be cleaned and dried before disposal.
  3. It is not just newspapers that you can recycle at home. Also, recycle wrapping paper, envelopes, birthday cards, and phone books. All sorts of cardboard can be recycled, too, even toilet and paper towel tubes.
  4. Most metallic items in the home can be recycled, such as empty spray cans, tin foil, and of course, all empty soda, fruit, vegetable, and other food cans. Items that had food should be cleaned and dried before disposal.
  5. If you are unsure what you can recycle, check with your refuse provider website. There should be comprehensive information about what is or is not suitable for your recycling container or containers. Most refuse providers also have apps for your smartphone where you can check what to and what not to recycle.
  6. Glass can be recycled endlessly; it does not wear out after several recyclings, so always recycle your glass bottles and containers.
  7. To help your recycling center and keep down foul odors, ensure you wash food waste off of any plastic or glass food containers before putting them in the recycle bin.
  8. Food should never be placed in recycling bins.
  9. Greasy pizza boxes should NOT be recycled. They should be thrown away.

Also, consider reducing use and reusing items instead of just throwing them away in the bins. Grocery bags can be used multiple times, keep some in your car and bring them into the grocery store next time you go instead of taking a new bag. 

Please check out the EPA’s website with some great information on reducing, Reuse, and Recycling. 

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.