Healthy Planet, Healthy You: Recycling Tips

At Bon Secours Hampton Roads, we take great care to maintain “green” facilities and minimize our impact on the environment. By doing our part to help keep the planet healthy, we hope to reduce the environmental health impact on future generations. With this guide of what can be placed in recycle bins at home and at work, you can do your part to help the environment, too.

Cans & Glass

o   Aluminum cans

o   Bottles & Jars

o   Food & Beverage containers

o   Juice Boxes & Milk bottles

o   Lids from jars and Metal cans

o   Tin, Steel, Bi-metal cans

Paper & Cartons

o   Cardboard

o   Catalogs & Magazines

o   Frozen food packages

o   Glove boxes

o   Junk mail

o   Kleenex boxes

o   Newspaper and newspaper inserts

o   Paperback books

o   Paper grocery bags

o   Phone books

o   Shoe boxes

o   Shredded paper


o   All containers: bottles & jugs

o   Recycle codes 1 thru 7

What not to place in a recycle bin:

·         No Aerosol cans

·         No Automotive fluids or Motor oil

·         No Broken glass

·         No Cleaners

·         No Fluorescent lamps or light bulbs

·         No Garbage

·         No Garden chemicals

·         No Hazardous materials

·         No Hoses or tubing

·         No Mirrors or plate glass

·         No Paint products

·         No Patient or Personal Information

·         No Plastic bags

·         No Styrofoam

·         No Waxed containers

If you’d like to recycle plastic bags, many local grocery stores offer plastic bag recycling services as long as the bags are clean and dry, and the receipts have been removed. Some local communities may have separate or additional rules on what can be placed in recycle bins, so please refer to your local authority for guidance and additional questions.

Always remember to  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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