April 17, 2024

Sustainable Princeton Volunteer Shares Thanks, Tips for Proper Recycling

To the Editor:

I want to thank the team from Sustainable Princeton for helping to run and encouraging participation in Princeton’s Household Recycling and S.H.R.E.D.fest event on Saturday, April 13. It was my first time as a volunteer and my role was to help remove stickers and adhesives from the various pieces of Styrofoam that were donated so the recycling process would not be corrupted, then getting the Styrofoam into large plastic bags for delivery to an organization that processes them into picture frames (betterframe.org). It was harder than I thought, but was rewarding and great to see so many people participating. Here are a few simple items that I think everyone should be aware of:

Check out this Princeton municipal website for a summary of events to properly dispose of items — note that there is a Hazardous & Electronics waste event coming up on June 8 with a link to the flyer with more details at princetonnj.gov/449/Recycling-in-Princeton.

Before throwing batteries in the garbage, look at all the local options that can be found at call2recycle.org.

Confirm that your curbside paper and plastic recycling is only plastics with symbols #1 or #2, and remove food, liquid, labels, and adhesives.

Don’t put any of these items out for the curbside pickup: plastic shopping bags, light bulbs, Styrofoam, aluminum foil, or pizza boxes if they have any food or grease.

And go to sustainableprinceton.org for more information on how you can get involved!

Bob Lis
Greenland Court