America Recycles Day: November 15
Colorado Recycles Week: November 15 – 19
What to Know Before You Throw

Republic Services Encourages Northern Colorado Residents to Celebrate by Learning More About How to Recycle Properly

With supply chain issues limiting the availability of raw materials, it’s more important than ever to recycle, and to recycle correctly. Republic Services, a leader in environmental services, is celebrating America Recycles Day and Colorado Recycles Week by sharing simple tips designed to help households recycle properly.

A 2020 Republic Services survey revealed that 75 percent of Americans believe recycling is important but don’t always do it. A quarter of these respondents cited a lack of understanding of what can and cannot be recycled as a barrier.

When recycling, Northern Colorado residents should keep in mind the following tips:

  1. Know what to throw. Do your research about which items are recyclable in your community. Typically, items like plastic water bottles and jugs, aluminum and tin cans, and cardboard are recyclable. And, when in doubt, throw it out.
  2. Empty. Clean. Dry.™ Make sure containers are free of food or other residues. Take a few moments to rinse and dry items before tossing them in your recycling bin.
  3. Don’t bag it. Plastic grocery bags and garbage bags cannot be recycled curbside. Put your recyclables directly into your blue recycling container to be sure those loads don’t end up in the landfill.
  4. Understand Recycling Symbols: It is a common misconception that numbers on the bottom of plastic materials indicate whether an item is recyclable. Instead, focus on the shape! If it is a bottle or jug, please recycle it!

Visit for more information about why and how to recycle.