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Yes! Removing your bottle caps is a good recycling habit. When caps are left on, the liquids stay in the bottle which makes it difficult for the specialized machinery to properly sort the plastic. The bottle could end up in the trash rather than being recycled.
Plastic bags are highly recyclable, but not through your curbside program. The Tri-County Recycling Facility is not designed to for plastic bags, the bags can get stuck and wrapped around machinery during the sorting process causing the entire system to be shut down to be repaired.
Please take your plastic bags, wraps and other film plastics to a local retail or grocery store to be recycled. You can find a list of sites that accept plastic bags by entering your zip code at the Plastic Film Recycling website.
The Tri-County Recycling Program does not accept aluminum foil and pans because they are made from lower grade aluminum than the aluminum used to make beverage cans. You may recycle aluminum pans and foil through a local scrap metal dealer.
To recycle shredded paper we ask that you put it in a paper bag; staple it closed, label the bag and put it in your curbside container. This method keeps the pieces of paper from blowing around the neighborhoods while sitting at the curb, during transportation and at the recycling facility. Do not use plastic bags!
This answer is tricky, while you may think so since it's made from cardboard, most pizza boxes are not recyclable. When paper is recycled, it's mixed with water to help break everything down. When a greasy, cheesy pizza box is added to the recycling process, it causes oil to form on top of the mix. And since paper fibers can't separate from oils during the pulping process, it essentially ruins the entire batch. In fact, food is one of the biggest culprits in sabotaging the paper recycling process.
Cut or tear out the soiled portions of your pizza box and put them in your trash. Only the "food-free" portions can be put into your recycling bin.
No! Styrofoam is a type of plastic called polystyrene and is not part of the recycling process for Brown County. This includes:
Thin plastic such as water and soda bottles, dairy containers, and deli containers are recyclable. Hard, molded plastics such as children's toys and refillable plastic bottles are not recyclable in our area.
Pass on old children's toys to someone else/sell/donate. Re-purpose plastics by doing a craft!
If you would like more information on recycling, use the Brown County Resource Recovery Facility's website or the Tri-County Recycle Guide 2016 (PDF).