Frequently Asked Questions

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Commingled 2Q: Why can't I recycle those plastic tubs? They're labeled #1.

A: Not All plastic is created equal.

Although a plastic bottle and a plastic container, such as a strawberry container, are made of similar materials, they are two very different products. Therefore they cannot be recycled in your curbside bin, but you can bring them to the IRC Recycling & Compost Facility on Blacksnake Road.

Q: Can I Recycle the lids on my plastic bottles?

A: Yes, and recycling the lids can give you more bin space.

People ask all the time about being able to recycle the lids off of their plastic bottles. They are shocked when we say yes. Recycling the lids is relatively new, but the best part is it can save space in your recycling bin.

  1. Remove the lid.
  2. Smash the bottle.
  3. Replace the lid, while continuing to smash the bottle.
  4. Toss the flattened bottle in the bin.
  5. But remember... No tubs, cups or trays!


 Q: Can I recycle my paperboard boxes too? If so, where?

 A: Absolutely, and right at your curbside!OCC Flattened

This past spring, the IRC municipalities added the collection of corrugated cardboard and paperboard boxes to residential curbside collection.

  1. Convenience: Set them out with your other recyclables.
  2. Consistency: This means that recycling is the same at work and home.
  3. Consolidation: Flatten boxes so the recycling trucks can handle it all.
  4. Contingency: If you have an overload of cardboard, there are several drop-off locations available, including the IRC's
      • Duncansville Recycling and Composting Facility on Dunnings Highway
      • Buckhorn Recycling and composting Facility on Blacksnake Road


Q: How do I clean out that peanut butter jar?

A: Just use a little dishwashing liquid and hot water!

We know those peanut butter and mayo jars can be hard to clean. You can't give them the quick rinse that you do with the milk jug, well at least until now.

  1. Put a drop of dawn dish liquid in the jar, fill with hot water and shake.
  2. Let it soak overnight.
  3. Rinse out the water and food residue the next day.
  4. Replace the lid (since it's now recyclable) and toss it in the bin!

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