Household items are some of the most common materials recycled, but there are many different kinds of items and it can be difficult to know what is recyclable and what is not. Because we have so many items and materials to cover, we’ll be splitting the Let’s Talk Trash: Household Edition into two posts. Follow along this week and next week to find out which household materials can and can’t be recycled.
All kinds of books—including hardcover, paperback, and phone books—are recyclable by Muncie Sanitary District and can be put into blue bags. Magazines and catalogues are also accepted in blue bags.
Plastic grocery bags are not recyclable by Muncie Sanitary District and should not be placed in blue bags. However, most grocery stores accept plastic grocery bags for reuse and special recycling. Some local stores also accept clean plastic bags for reuse.
CDs and DVDs
CDs and DVDs are not recyclable by Muncie Sanitary District and cannot be placed into blue bags. However, you can recycle CDs and DVDs through the CD Recycling Center of America.
Mirrors are not recyclable by Muncie Sanitary District and should not be placed in blue bags.
Lightbulbs are not recyclable by Muncie Sanitary District. Standard lightbulbs can be placed in the regular trash, but compact florescent bulbs contain small amounts of mercury and do not belong in the regular trash. Instead, take these bulbs to East Central Recycling at 701 E. Centennial Avenue.
Batteries cannot be put into blue bags, and many batteries can be hazardous even in regular trash. Dead batteries should be taken to East Central Recycling at 701 E. Centennial Avenue.
Clothing and other types of fabric are not recyclable by Muncie Sanitary District. However, if these items are in wearable condition, they can always be donated to your local thrift store or shelter. If the items are not in good enough condition to donate, they can be taken to any H&M store to be recycled.