RETHINK: Toothbrushes

RETHINK: Toothbrushes

One of the more recent questions I’ve been getting is can my toothbrush be recycled. Probably not and definitely not in the blue single-stream carts. Most toothbrushes are plastic; however the bristles are nylon and the gripy stuff is a kind of polymer. So basically it’s a composite/mixed material and it’s not recyclable in most…

Croaked Clothes? Torn Textiles? Hobbled Housewares?

Croaked Clothes? Torn Textiles? Hobbled Housewares?

This article appears in the April 2019 edition of the Front Porch Flyer. It has been expanded here to address apartments, condos, and specific donation types. Approximately 6.6 million pounds of textiles are going to the landfill each year from ARR’s curbside customers. That’s 18,000 pounds of clothes going in the trash every day rather…

How Low Can You Go?

How Low Can You Go?

What is the size of your trash cart? Garbage archaeologists have learned…the volume of garbage that Americans produce expands to fill the number [or size] of receptacles that are available to put it in. Rathje, William and Cullen Murphy. Rubbish! HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. 1992 We are very fortunate here in Austin, Texas. We may choose…

It’s Not Easy Being Green, or Rather, Blue!

It’s Not Easy Being Green, or Rather, Blue!

Top Contaminants in Mueller Recycling Carts This article originally appeared in the January 2019 edition of the Front Porch Flyer. It has been updated with apartment information and additional cities’ information. As amazing as Muellerites are at being green, we do have recurring “contamination” in our blue recycling carts. Below are incorrect items that are…