Recycling BinsRecycling helps use our natural resources more efficiently and puts less of a strain on landfills.  If you’re living off-campus, recycling helps lower your garbage costs too!

Sometimes recycling can be confusing–every city seems to have its own set of rules.  Linfield and McMinnville have comingled recycling.  This means (most) recyclables can all go in one bin.  Western Oregon Waste provides a handy guide for what can and cannot go into the recycling bin.

For those on campus, visit Linfield’s recycling page to become familiar with the guidelines.  On campus, glass can be recycled curbside–those off campus should take glass to McMinnville’s Recovery Zone (2200 NE Orchard Ave) or to a recycling center at a nearby grocery store (Roth’s is closest to campus).

Plastic Bags

In addition to glass, plastic bags cannot be recycled curbside, but many grocery stores (e.g. Roth’s) have a bin located near the front entrance for customers to drop off plastic bags.

Check out what other items can be recycled at the Recovery Zone.

It’s important to rinse and clean the items you put into the recycling bin, as well as make sure no trash is mixed in with recyclables.  By helping clean and sort recycling from trash, you will be keeping recyclables from getting contaminated and the rest of the recycling process will be more cost effective.

This old school cartoon puts an entertaining spin on recycling.  Feel like a kid again while also getting an important message!

(Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyZbw8waVwk)