The Dos and Don’ts of Recycling in Orlando

When it comes to recycling, the broad population understands that plastics, metals and paper products should be separated, but there are actually more rules to keep in mind, especially as Orlando has its own requirements that differ from other areas in the state.

With Earth Day here, Valet Living – the largest multifamily amenity services provider in the U.S. – would like to share the following recycling tips as a reminder to the public:

What Can be Recycled

  • Plastic: Bottles and containers labeled #1-#5 (lids or caps can stay on), Plastic cup lid, Detergent bottle, Egg carton, Milk jug, Soda bottle, Single-serve food container, Sauce bottle, Plastic take-out container, Liquor container, Plastic ‘clam shell’ container, Soap bottle
  • Glass: Bottles and jars (remove lids or caps), Wine bottle, Liquor container, Beer bottle
  • Metal: Tin, aluminum, steel, and empty aerosol cans, Beverage can (empty) Food can (no residue)
  • Cardboard: Must be flattened, Soup box, Aseptic carton, Boxboard, Cardboard can, Coffee cup tray, Corrugated cardboard, Pizza box (empty, no food residue)
  • Paper: Newspapers, junk mail, sheets of paper and drink cartons, Toilet paper roll, Phone book, Magazine, Standard greeting cards, gift boxes (no glitter or photos)

What Can’t be Recycled

  • Food waste
  • Plastic bags
  • Polystyrene foam cups and containers
  • Aluminum food pans

Other Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Keep wet materials and liquids out of the bin
  • Plastic bags harm recycling machinery; you must empty the recycling directly into the cart
  • When in doubt, toss it out
  • Glass bottles must be clean and dry with no lid



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