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A Sustainable Solution for Recycling

Have you ever wondered what happens when you throw something in the garbage or the long-term environmental impact it will have? Existing recycling programs, like your weekly trash pick-up, are only able to recycle 10-45 percent of household waste, which means a lot of items end up in the landfill. Daybreak residents who want to add an additional layer of sustainability to their recycling now have a new option, Recyclops.

Recyclops+ is a service that helps people affordably recycle and donate items that the city recycling program doesn’t accept and would likely end up in the landfill (or sitting around your home for months as you wait to drop them off somewhere). Recyclops+ accepts batteries, lightbulbs, clothing, plastic bags/film, styrofoam, and clamshell containers (like berries come in). These are all items that shouldn’t go in your existing recycling program and if they do will end up being landfilled. Homes can opt-in to the basic service for $15/month or $144/year.

Benefits of Recycling

According to the Recyclops website, recycling decreases pollution, reduces the need to harvest new raw materials, saves energy, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, saves money, reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfills, and allows products to be used to their fullest extent. In fact, if all of the recyclables produced by single-family homes were put back into productive use instead of sent to the landfill, we could significantly reduce greenhouse emissions, conserve energy, and create jobs.

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