Line drawing of a Recycle Bin with an arrow coming out.
Niagara County Environmental - Solid Waste Management, Division of Niagara County Department of Public Works

BEYOND THE BIN

 

 

Contact Info:

Dawn M. Timm
Niagara County Environmental Coordinator
59 Park Avenue
Lockport, NY 14094
716.439.7242
recycling@niagaracounty.com

How items you recycle, both Inside Your Recycling Bin and Outside Your Recycling Bin, are used to make new items.

Inside Your Bin Recycling

ALUMINUM SODA CAN
red soda can
Aluminum cans distinguish themselves as the most recycled and most recyclable beverage container in the world. Within 60 days a recycled can will be back on shelves as a new can!
TIN CAN
tin can
Recycled Steel from a Tin Can is sorted and combined with other steel and is used to make anything from steel again.
PET PLASTIC
clear plastic water bottle
PET is commonly recycled to make fiber products, such as fleece (polyester) sweaters, shirts and jackets or carpet.  Some recyclers reuse recycled PET to remake bottles.
GLASS
glass jar
When glass containers are recycled, they become new glass containers or other glass products.  Glass can be recycled over and over again without ever compromising quality.  
GABLE TOP CARTONS
(Milk and Juice Cartons)
milk carton
Recycled cartons become the raw material for a variety of paper products, such as tissue and cereal boxes.
HDPE PLASTIC
plastic orange juice bottle
All of post consumer uses of HDPE are non-food related such as laundry detergent, shampoo, and motor oil bottles; buckets, crates, flower pots, garden edging, benches, or plastic lumber. About 25% of recovered HDPE goes to make plastic pipe.
NEWSPRINT
newspapers
Recycled newspaper is reprocessed into newsprint and wrapping paper, or manufactured paper products like molded packaging (like a paper cup holder or egg carton), shredded insulation or sheet rock surfacing.  Recycled newspaper is also used to make new newspapers and newsprint.
OFFICE PAPER
white office paper
High grade office papers that are recycled are first deinked and then used to create lesser grade papers such as drawing paper or toilet/tissue paper.
BOXBOARD
cereal box
Boxboard is generally used to make new boxboard, or things like puzzles and paper packaging.
CORRUGATED CARDBOARD
cardboard box
Cardboard is one of the easiest and most environmentally effective materials to recycle since the fiber in cardboard has already been processed. Therefore making cardboard products from recycled material, rather than virgin fiber, saves not only trees, but also large amounts of water and energy.  Recovered cardboard is used to make paperboard or boxboard.  Cardboard can be recycled along with paper and is remade into many different kinds of paper products. 
PLASTIC TUBS (#5 Polypropylene)
yogurt containers
Because of its unique properties, recycled polypropylene is used by a wide range of industries to create virtually an unlimited number of products, such as polypropylene rope, luggage, carpeting, fiber, strapping, containers, bags, packaging and tubing.
PLASTIC FILM (#4 LDPE)
plastic bag
Recycled plastic bags and wraps provide raw material for making durable backyard decks, building and construction products, and new recyclable plastic bags.  America’s plastic bag makers have committed to achieve a goal of 40 percent recycled content, including 25 percent post-consumer material, in all plastic shopping bags by 2015. 
PLASTIC
(#3 PVC)
pvc pipes
PVC is difficult to recycle, however large feedstocks are recycled into new PVC items.
WIRES
copper wire
The metal, mainly copper, is recovered and use to create new wiring or copper products.
 

Outside Your Bin Recycling 

TIRES
tire
In New York State, whole tires are banned from disposal; therefore tires must be collected for recycling and reuse.  Some tires are stripped and re-treaded for reuse, used as tire derived fuel (TDF) or are recycled.  Locally several manufactures collect old tires and chip the rubber for use on sporting fields, playgrounds or as mulch for gardens.
APPLIANCES/
WHITE GOODS
refridgerator
When appliances reach the end of their useful lives and are replaced, they take on new value as an important manufacturing raw material- scrap steel for instance.
YARD WASTE
wheelbarrow with yard waste
Yard waste is best managed by composting because it is organic in nature.  When yard waste is composted it becomes an inexpensive and valuable source of compost and other fertilizer products, and offers a low-cost and convenient way to dispose of grass, leaves, tree limbs and other yard waste.
FOOD WASTE
banana peel
Food waste is great for composting.  Many of the nutrients needed for successful compost come from fruit and vegetable scraps.  
ELECTRONICS
computer
Electronics have many valuable materials, such as metal frames, power supplies, circuit boards, and plastics, which all have commodity value.   Also, many electrical devices have trace precious metals, such as gold and platinum that when recovered for recycling become valuable.
WASTE OIL
motor oil container
Used motor oil can be re-refined into new oil, processed into fuel oils and/or used as a raw material for the petroleum industry.
SCRAP METAL
car door
All metal has value!  Anything metal can be taken to a local scrap yard, where it is sold and used as a raw material for new products.  
BATTERIES
batteries
The metals recovered from batteries are used as raw materials for a variety of items, including the creation of new batteries. 
CELL PHONES
cell phone
Cell phones can be refurbished. New York State has a Cell Phone take back law to keep phones out of landfills.
PRINTER CARTRIDGES
printer cartridges
Most brand-name cartridges can be remanufactured and reused.  Often time, toner cartridges are recovered for their plastic and residual toner.


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