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An important part of recycling is understanding what items can and can’t be recycled. Complete our Recycle Right quiz to test your knowledge on proper recycling practices and share your results with your friends.

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Are paper and cardboard items recyclable in Franklin County curbside and drop-off recycling programs?

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Virtually all types of paper and cardboard are accepted for recycling! You can recycle junk mail, corrugated cardboard boxes, cereal boxes, newspapers (including advertising inserts), magazines and office paper, pizza boxes (free of grease and debris) and more!

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The correct answer is Yes. Actually, virtually all types of paper and cardboard are accepted for recycling! You can recycle junk mail, corrugated cardboard boxes, cereal boxes, newspapers (including advertising inserts), pizza boxes (free of grease and debris) and more!

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Are glass containers recyclable in Franklin County curbside and drop-off programs?

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Great job! Glass is another easy category of materials to recycle. All colors of food and beverage glass bottles and jars are accepted (clear, brown, green, and blue). Labels do not need to be removed, but please rinse containers when necessary.

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The correct answer is Yes. Glass containers are recyclable in your curbside or drop-off location. All colors of food and beverage glass bottles and jars are accepted (clear, brown, green, and blue). Labels do not need to be removed, but please rinse containers when necessary. Try another question!

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Which types of cartons are recyclable?

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Impressive! All of these types of cartons can be recycled in Franklin County curbside and drop-off programs. Both “gable-top” cartons like a milk carton and “paperboard” cartons like a juice box can be recycled. In addition to milk cartons and juice boxes, other examples include broth, soup, and stock containers, and non-food items such as fabric softener. Please rinse and remove the lids.

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In fact, ALL of these types of cartons can be recycled in Franklin County curbside and drop-off programs. Both “gable-top” cartons like a milk carton and “paperboard” cartons like a juice box can be recycled. In addition to milk cartons and juice boxes, other examples include broth, soup, and stock containers, and non-food items such as fabric softener. Please rinse and remove the lids.

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How much trash does the average resident throw away each day?

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Nice job! On average, every resident throws away between 4 – 5 pounds of material each day, or about 1,500 pounds a year! Combining all the residents of Franklin County, that equals over a million TONS of material that is disposed in the Franklin County Landfill each year, most of which could have been recycled or composted!

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The correct answer is 5 Pounds. On average, every resident throws away between 4 – 5 pounds of material each day, or about 1,500 pounds a year! Combining all the residents of Franklin County, that equals over a million TONS of material that is disposed in the Franklin County Landfill each year, most of which could have been recycled or composted!

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True or false: Empty aerosol cans can be recycled.

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Many people don’t realize that empty aerosol cans can be recycled. The only exception to this is if something hazardous, such as insect killer, was in the can. Otherwise you can completely empty the container, take off the tip, and recycle it along with other metal cans such as aluminum beverage cans, steel and tin cans.

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The correct answer is True. Many people don’t realize that empty aerosol cans can be recycled. The only exception to this is if something hazardous, such as insect killer, was in the can. Otherwise you can completely empty the container, take off the tip, and recycle it along with other metal cans such as aluminum beverage cans, steel and tin cans.

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What percentage of the material sent to the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill could be recycled or composted?

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Nearly 70% of all the material that comes to the landfill could have been diverted through composting or recycling. Based on a recent study, diverting just 35% of that material could result in businesses creating 400 new jobs, generating over $115 million in additional revenues in central Ohio!

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The correct answer is 70%. Nearly 70% of all the material that comes to the landfill could have been diverted through composting or recycling. Based on a recent study, diverting just 35% of that material could result in businesses creating 400 new jobs, generating over $115 million in additional revenues in central Ohio!

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Which plastic types are recyclable in Franklin County curbside and drop-off programs?

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True! When it comes to curbside and drop-off recycling, the recycling “number” on the bottom of a plastic container doesn’t matter. In Franklin County curbside and drop-off programs, only plastic bottles and jugs that have a top that is smaller than the base can be recycled. To make sure that the caps are recycled, please be sure to leave them on the container. Please rinse containers when necessary and put the cap back on.

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The Recycling Number Does Not Matter. When it comes to curbside and drop-off recycling, the recycling “number” on the bottom of a plastic container doesn’t matter. In Franklin County curbside and drop-off programs, only plastic bottles and jugs that have a top that is smaller than the base can be recycled. To make sure that the caps are recycled, please be sure to leave them on the container. Please rinse containers when necessary and put the cap back on.

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Fill in the blank: Recycling ______________.

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How did you know? It’s all true – recycling has many benefits for our community. Most people realize that there are numerous environmental benefits to recycling, including conserving our natural resources and extending the life of the landfill. But many people don’t realize that recycling is also good for the economy. Recycling creates more jobs than landfilling and helps to support thousands of jobs in the central Ohio region!

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The correct answer is All of the Above. Should we have given you a hint? It’s all true – recycling has many benefits for our community. Most people realize that there are numerous environmental benefits to recycling, including conserving our natural resources and extending the life of the landfill. But many people don’t realize that recycling is also good for the economy. Recycling creates more jobs than landfilling and helps to support thousands of jobs in the central Ohio region!

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