Some of my fellows roommates didn’t know what and how to recycle so I decided to write this, hope it will be useful! 🙂

Growing up I remember a few times when my middle school started to recycle can and we got a can crusher. I loved that thing and would go there all the time to crush stuff. And then time has passed and I became a recycling monster/ geek/ fanatic!!

We have such a negative impact in the world by the way and quantity of stuff we consume that in my opinion the least we can do is to recycle. It’s easy-peasy especially here in DC here the city offers a recycling collection in most (or perhaps all?) the neighborhoods – and you can even get a fine in case you do not do in some cases. If you live in a house you can place all recycle items together, but if you live in a community (like the awesome Channel Square Apartments) they might separate a few items so you need to check.

It’s preferable if the items you are planning to recycle are clean and dry so you do not attract bugs or bad smell while you are collecting the items. There are tons of articles talking about the importance of recycling so I am not even bother to share that instead let me share the items DC current recycles hoping it will be useful!


• Aerosol cans
• Aluminum foil and aluminum pie pans
• Aluminum food and beverage containers
• Books (including paperbacks, textbooks and hardbacks)
• Brown paper bags (Kraft)
• Cardboard and paperboard boxes (including cereal boxes without liners). Cardboard boxes must be collapsed for collection.
• Computer printouts
• Corrugated cardboard boxes
• Ferrous and bimetal food and beverage containers
• Glass containers such as jars and bottles
• Junk mail
• Magazines and catalogs
• Milk and juice cartons
• Narrow-neck plastic containers (other than for motor oil) that carry plastic resin identification codes 1 through 7
• Newspapers (including all inserts)
• Non-metallic wrapping paper
• Office paper (including typing, fax, copy, letterhead, and NCR) and envelopes
• Plastic bags, e.g., grocery bags, newspaper bags, and shopping bags. Please put your plastic bags into one plastic bag then place it in your recycling container. We will accept more than one bag of plastic bags.
• Rigid plastics including plastic milk/soda crates, plastic buckets with metal handles, plastic laundry baskets, plastic lawn furniture, plastic totes, plastic drums, plastic coolers, plastic flower pots, plastic drinking cups/glasses, plastic 5-gallon water bottles, plastic pallets, plastic toys, and empty plastic garbage/recycling bins
• Telephone books
• Wide-mouth containers such as peanut butter, margarine/butter tubs, yogurt, cottage, cheese, yogurt, sour cream, mayonnaise, whipped topping, and prescription (remove the identification label) and over-the-counter medicine bottles. (note that the lids and caps do not need to be removed.) Please do not include Styrofoam meat trays, lunch “clamshells” or foam packaging, such as “peanuts.”

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