HELPFUL HINTS FOR RECYCLING
FROM THE DIRECTOR OF SANITATION
MATERIALS YOU MUST RECYCLE
Leisure World does not take newspapers to Montgomery County for recycling. Instead, as a cost saving measure, newspapers are sold to an alternate recycling facility. As a result, the Community saves the expense of paying to dispose of newsprint and receives payment from the recycler of approximately $4,000 - $5,000 per month.
- Newspapers, junk mail, including inserts (pick up on each Wednesday of the month).
- Magazines (pick up on the first Wednesday of the month).
- Aluminum, bi-metal (steel/tin) cans, and aluminum foil products.** Note: Please place Magazines and Newspaper in separate bundles in paper bags or tied with string outside for pick up. NO PLASTIC BAGS PLEASE!
Montgomery County Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Services sent us our second friendly reminder not to include plastic bags with the recycling materials. According to the county we are over the limit of contaminants. Many residents fill the plastic bags with recyclables and include the bag in the recycling container. Plastic bags are non recyclable in Montgomery County. Please notify your residents and janitorial staff not to include plastic bags with recyclable materials. If you could include this information in your next newsletter and post this information so everyone is made aware, it would be appreciated. Thank you.
- Glass bottles and jars (green, clear and amber).
- Acceptable Types of Plastics:
Plastic bottles, containers, lids, jars, pails, buckets (with metal and plastic handles, and food grade tubs. Narrow-neck bottles that contained food, drink and household products (milk, juice, soda, water, salad dressing, cooking oil, shampoo/conditioner, and cleaning and detergent bottles) butter, margarine tubs, yogurt containers, cottage cheese containers, sour cream containers, mayonnaise jars, peanut butter jars, whipped topping containers, prescription bottles, deli containers and trays (plastic tubs with lids and platter trays, ice cream buckets, plastic beverage cups, laundry detergent tubs and buckets, kitty litter containers, painting buckets (up to 5 gallons), plastic lids and plastic flower pots.
Unacceptable Types of Plastics:
No container that held automotive or garden products (motor oil, antifreeze, and pesticide containers), plastic bags, plastic wrap, styrofoam/polystyrene cups, trays and packaging, microwavable trays, toys, kiddie pools, plastic flower tray packs (marked #6), other large plastic items.
Note: Aluminum, bi-metal (steel/tin) cans, glass, plastic and aluminum foil products that go into your blue recycling bucket will be picked up on the same day as your trash schedule.
- Yard trimmings (grass, leaves, brush and Christmas trees).
Call Grounds Department at 301-598-1314 to arrange for pick up.
NO PLASTIC BAGS PLEASE!!!
HOW TO RECYCLE/DISPOSE OF SMOKE ALARMS
While there is indeed radioactive material in a smoke alarm, it is extremely weak. Therefore, it may be safely disposed of in the regular household trash.
Some smoke alarm manufacturers will take their own products back, but will not take alarms made by other companies. The postage is at the consumer's expense.
HOW TO RECYCLE/DISPOSE OF FLUORESCENT LIGHT TUBES AND BULBS
The concern with fluorescent bulbs is that they contain a thin mercury layer, rendering them household hazardous waste when they burn out and require disposal.
While fluorescent bulbs may be disposed of in the normal household trash, it is better to bring them to PPD for recycling.
HOW TO RECYCLE/DISPOSE OF ALUMINUM FOIL PRODUCTS
All metal food, beverage, and pet food cans.
Aluminum foil products. (Examples: foil wrap, pie plates, and other food trays). Please clean and wipe off foil.
Tins from cookies, fruit cakes, popcorn, and similar items.
HOW TO RECYCLE/DISPOSE OF BATTERIES – HOUSEHOLD VS. RECHARGEABLE
Dry cell and alkaline batteries used in flashlights, toys and appliances are no longer considered to be hazardous waste. Manufacturers responded to environmental concerns and now produce dry cell and alkaline batteries that are virtually free of mercury. Therefore, these batteries may be disposed of in your household trash.
Button batteries, nickel-cadmium (rechargeable) batteries, uninterruptible power supplies and lead acid (car) batteries continue to contain metals that are valuable or must be disposed of properly.
HOW TO RECYCLE/DISPOSE OF FIRE EXTINGUISHERS
Aerosol type : Dispose of aerosol-type fire extinguishers in your normal household trash.
Cylinder type : discharge your cylinder-type fire extinguisher in an open outdoor location into a moistened paper grocery bag until it is completely empty. Put the bag into your trash. Unscrew the top valve from the empty cylinder. Put the top and cylinder into your trash. The metal components are not recyclable in the blue bin. However, they are accepted at the hazardous materials drop off once a year at Clubhouse II.
HOW TO RECYCLE/DISPOSE OF BOOKS
To prepare hardback books for recycling:
Tear off the rigid book covers to separate the covers from the book's pages.
Bundle the separated covers and pages for collection with your other paper recyclables. Remember; do not use plastic bags.
With your assistance, Leisure World can maintain our ranking as one of the leaders in recycling in the State. Thank you for your continuing support of our recycling program. The Leisure World of Maryland, Sanitation Department, would like to thank our residents for an outstanding job in 2009 for recycling. Because of your commitment to recycling, Leisure World collected over two million pounds of scrap metal, cardboard, newspaper and co-mingled materials. Our environment over the years will benefit greatly from your recycling. Please keep up the good job in 2010. Thank you.
Note: Please do not package your newspaper in plastic bags, as the plastic does not mix with the newspaper for recycling. If you are concerned that the newspaper is going to get wet, just wait until the next pick-up. Thank you for your cooperation.