To my surprise, and after a year and a half of putting yogurt cups and styrofoam into the recycling bin, I discover Norfolk doesn’t recycle styrofoam or yogurt cups. Well, what do you know? I had to visit their website to find out what I COULD and COULD NOT recycle.
So what to do with all these pieces?
Yogurt = eaten
Yogurt container = The shop Green Alternatives at the Five Points Community Farmer’s Market sends these to TerraCycle, (who recycles them into new products or buyable art). You can also send products to TerraCycle yourself and they pay you for your trash.
Foil = recycling bin
Top = sent to Caps-n-Cups (a program that recycles all tops to keep them out of America’s water ways.) The hair salon Aveda also reycyles tops.
So many pieces to deal with just to eat yogurt. Maybe I should break down and buy my own damn cow.
If you’re serious about recycling, you’ll need to check your city’s recycling/waste disposal web site or call them. I promise you’ll learn something you didn’t know.
What the city of Norfolk recycles and what they don’t:
Norfolk WILL NOT recycle paper cups, napkins, plastic bags, styrofoam, cross-cut shredded paper, plastic cups, plates, bowls, utensils, lids or tops.
Norfolk WILL recycle plastic bottles and jugs, mixed paper, steel, tin, and aluminum cans, flattened cardboard boxes, glass bottles, and shredded paper strips.
Other places I found to take difficult-to-recycle items in the city of Norfolk:
1.Ernie Morgan Environmental Action Center (right before you drive into the Norfolk Zoo) opens from 8:30a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.
They have a household battery recycling drop-off outside to use anytime, as well as examples of various compost bins to learn from and compare.
2. Green Alternatives, a company selling items that won’t harm the environment, are located at the Five Points Community Farmer’s Market in Norfolk. They send hard-to-recycle items to TerraCycle such as: empty and clean 6 oz & 32 oz yogurt containers, energy bar wrappers, Starbucks coffee bags, Unilever spread containers, drink pouches, cookie wrappers, candy wrappers, Kashi packaging, Preserve toothbrushes, prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses, and ink cartridges. (All food packaging must be cleaned.) They pass used packaging such as bubble wrap and styrofoam peanuts to Spotlight Books.
- Recycling Tops (militaryzerowaste.wordpress.com)
- NYT: New York City Lags in Recycling (subtraction.com)
- Response #15 (envirowriters.wordpress.com)
- Foam Rubber Reuse & Recycling (thinkoutsidethebin.com)
- Recycle or Trash (clarkcountylive.com)