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Recycle or not? Reciclar o no?

recycle or not instagram account page

With so many items to sort, it can be confusing to know what is and isn’t recyclable. Oregon Metro's new websites, (Spanish) or (English) and Instagram accounts, @Reciclarono (Spanish) @RecycleorNot (English) are great new tools to clear up confusion. For example, for the next six months the featured item, plastic bags – and their pesky counterpart, plastic wrap – have a clear answer: They cannot be recycled at home. They belong in the garbage.

A new resource for home recyclers in the greater Portland area

To protect the environment and reduce waste, it’s important to learn how to recycle right. Next time you come across an item and aren’t sure if it’s recyclable, these new sites focus on some of the most confusing items and tell you whether you can recycle them at home. 

If you check out Recycle or Not but still aren’t sure if the item is recyclable, and it’s not hazardous, throw it away. It may feel wrong but remember that you’re protecting the environment by keeping trash out of your home recycling bin.

Think first about reducing or reusing plastic bags and plastic wrap

While you can’t recycle plastic bags at home, you can help reduce waste by reusing them or reducing how many you use. Try to switch to items like reusable bags that can be used for years.

When you do get plastic bags, try reusing them. Even if you reuse your plastic bags just once, you’ll end up using half as many. Be sure to keep bags in a place where you’ll remember them, like your car or kitchen.