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Paper Towels: Recyclable or Not? 5

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Do paper towels belong in your recycling container?

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  • VIRGINIA L. 1 day ago
    Composting is a great way to save our planet. More people who live in houses with gardens should think more about it.
  • joy l. 2 months ago
    Oops!! All these time I've been putting them in my recycle bin....I thought it paper....oh my
  • Julie J. 3 months ago
    This is all very very Confusing to me! Can anyone post exactly what can be put in your curbside recycling bin? Also post what I can put in the veggie/fruit lawn compost bin? Thank you to any and all who answer this!
    • Andrea s. 3 months ago
      All your kitchen waste like vegatable trimmings and old fruits and veggies can be composted. Avoid bread, meat, sweets because these will attract pest. Lawn clippings, leaves, are all good for compost. Avoid weeds that have seeded. They provide carbon where as the organic kitchen waste provides nitrogen. Layer these types of compost and turn your pile weekly.
      Paper towels, plates, paper, newspaper (not color), and cardboard are also good carbon additives for your pile and can be composted. Avoid papers with color ink and any waxy materials like cups.

      Also if your area allows it or you are far enough away from city limits try a burn barral for items you dont want to send to the landfill (not plastics or styrofoam) most of our paper products go here and never make it to the bins.

      As for recycling I try and check the bottles specifically for recycling instructions. Think cardboard, plastic bottles, aluminum, and glass. Any harder plastics or weird looking tubes double check if you can.
    • Erin P. 11 days ago
      Julie, it's my understanding that it depends on your personal recycling company as to what you can put in your bin that goes to the street for pick up. In regards to composting, you can put food such as potato peels, fruit rinds, egg shells, fall leaves, even tea bags and coffee in filters. Nothing with oil or cooked food. In other words, raw food. Also, corn husks and cobs don't break down. Hot composting (a bin sitting in direct sunlight all the time) is faster than cold composting and you needn't worry about rodents nesting in compost bins or piles, they don't like the moisture enough to nest in it, they may like to eat from it, but won't nest in it.
  • Jennifer P. 3 months ago
    My recycling company specifically says they recycle them when recycling was set up at work several years ago. Most of our trash in the bathroom is paper towels and a very tiny bag of non recyclable items. Does it depend on the recycling company?
  • Julie J. 3 months ago
    I didn't know you could compost paper towels? Can you compost the really used ones?
    • mary j. 3 months ago
      Yes. I put them in my worm bin (as long as it wasn't used for meat). If it was used for meat I put it in the yard waste bin along with pizza boxes etc that the city collects
    • Julie J. 3 months ago
      So if I use a paper towel or a napkin for breakfast, lunch etc.. then I put it in the same compost bin where I put veggie scraps and leaves? Or do I put it in the recycle ♻️ bin outside for pickup?
    • Andrea s. 3 months ago
      Compost bin with your veggies. It will act as a carbon just like your leaves. The veggies are your nitrogen and you actually want more carbon than nitrogen.
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