Ask the Editor: What can I put in my blue recycling bin?

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We think we know what can be recycled in Gilbert–paper and plastic and a few other items–but the truth is more items that should not be in the bins are being placed in them.

Here is what the town wants in there: paper, unless it is soiled, metallic, waxed, tissue or shredded and not bagged; aluminum, steel or tin that once contained food or beverage but is clean; empty and rinsed plastic bottles, jugs and jars; empty and rinsed glass bottles and jars, whether clear, green or brown; lightweight to heavy-duty cardboard or paperboard, but not with the liners or packing materials, such as Styrofoam.

Also keep out: string or “stringy things,” like garden hoses or Christmas lights; clothing or shoes, many of which can be donated; scrap metal, like tools, car parts or appliances; plastic bags and bubble wrap; and general garbage–food scraps, diapers, grass clippings, leaves, animal waste.

Whatever you put in should be relatively clean and not bagged, with the exception of shredded paper.

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Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.
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