How to spring ahead of Spring cleaning

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — As Spring rolls in, things go out as folks begin spring cleaning.

Throwing a lot into the recycling bin may feel good, but it actually does a lot more harm when you’re not checking what you’re chucking.

And while the seasons may change, what you put in your recycling doesn’t.

“Even though it’s spring cleaning, and you’re cleaning out a lot more items than you might for the rest of the year, the things you put in your bin does not change; it’s still just those basic categories that are accepted,” Marketer for Millennium Recycling Marissa Begley said.

Things like plastic water bottles, plastic jugs, milk containers and aluminum cans are just a few basic items to remember. But there are some to look out for: Things like electronics, wood waste, dirty diapers, and needles won’t just hurt the environment.

“The things that can’t be sorted out by our equipment have to be pulled out by our employees. So we really want to think of the people that are working here before you throw those kinds of things in the recycling bin,” Begley said.

But not everything you own needs to get thrown out or recycled, as some of those items can still serve a purpose.

“Any home care chemicals, any lawn care chemicals, automotive chemicals, those all need to be brought to us here at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility,” Sutanablity Coordinator for the City of Sioux Falls Jessica Sexe said.

The facility takes donations of old cleaning products, pesticides, and paints for reuse.
While plastics and cans you do get rid of can find new life.

“This little flower pot here; it’s made out of recycled plastic as well, and then this countertop is also made of recycled plastic. So this is what happens to those materials once you put them in the bin,” Sexe said.

For those of you getting ready to spring into spring cleaning, you might want to take a step back and really look at what’s in your trash bin.

Because what you might see as trash may be a treasure to somebody else.

“Take a look at things that are maybe are only gently used and could be used again, and try to donate or find somebody who could use those items,” Sexe said.

Millennium Recycling has a blog full of other recycling tips that you can check out. 

Also there’s a list from the city of what can and can’t be recycled.

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