| By Natalie Mousa
What is Recycling? Why Should I Recycle?
Recycling is an essential component of limiting our carbon footprint on Earth. The act of recycling includes placing materials into a separate container to be sorted and baled for reuse. Recycling allows us to turn materials that would have been thrown away as trash, into new products.
Recycling is beneficial for several reasons, it allows us to conserve natural resources, it reduces the amount of waste sent to a landfill (thus decreasing greenhouse gas emissions), and it saves water and energy!
This article details how to recycle in the City of Orlando and how to dispose of other materials that aren’t recyclable. If you live in an area that does not have a recycling bin, search for your nearest dropoff location using the addresses provided below. Already recycle? Take the next step. Whether it be learning how to dispose of cooking oil, clothing, or how to compost, taking the next step to reduce your carbon footprint is essential to the preservation of our environment.
Now, let’s get started!
What Can Be Recycled?
Fun Fact: Recycling one ton of plastic bottles saves the equivalent energy usage of a two person household for one year!
*TIP: Empty and clean food containers and bottles before recycling*
Fun Fact: Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for three hours!
*TIP: Rinse out containers before recycling*
Yes, you can recycle your cooking oil in the city of Orlando, which will turn into biodiesel! This is done via a chemical process known as transesterification. Pouring oil or grease down the drain can lead to sewer backups in homes.
Why Recycling Cooking Oil Matters:
Steps To Recycle Cooking Oil:
Fun Fact: Recycling 1 ton of cardboard saves 46 gallons of oil!
*TIP: Packaging material & styrofoam from packages are usually not recyclable, make sure to remove them before breaking down your box*
What Cannot Be Recycled?
What About Non-Recyclables?
If you are tired of throwing your food scraps in the trash, the City of Orlando can provide you with a FREE composter! Follow this link to learn more.
Clothing and Textiles
If you want to dispose of these, look for textile recycling boxes at various grocery stores, parking lots, shopping centers, and big box locations.
Electronics and Hazardous Waste (cleaning materials, oil, paint, pesticides, medical waste)
If you are looking to disregard these items, the Orange County Landfill accepts both.
Fun Fact: It requires 95% less energy and water to recycle a can than it does to create a can from virgin materials!
Closing Thoughts on Recycling in The City of Orlando
For more information, visit the City of Orlando Trash & Recycling website!
No recycling in your apartment complex/condominium? No problem! Here is a list of recycling dropoff locations in the City of Orlando: