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Recycling is good for the environment. When we convert old and waste products into something new, we are saving resources and sending less trash to the landfills.
When we recycle:
It reduces the amount of trash sent to landfills and incinerators.
We conserve our natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals.
The levels of pollution are reduced because we don’t need to collect new raw materials for the things we need.
It saves energy.
The greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change are reduced.
We are helping to protect the environment for future generations.
New well-paying jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States are created building a “green collar” industry that protects theenvironment and sustains workers and their families.
Residents can drop off electronics for free at the regular residential Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off days (please visit the Trash and Recycling webpage for details) - OR - drop off electronics at their site located at 7917 Wellingford Drive, Manassas VA 20109.
Please be advised that there is a fee for dropping off electronics at their location - however - they also pay for scrap items of value. So you may receive a check for what you drop off! View schedule
8500 Public Works Drive (in the back of the parking lot to the right of the Public Works building)
9412 Main Street (in the parking area behind Mackey's American Pub)
8305 Quarry Road (to the left of the weigh scale as you enter the Manassas Transfer Station)
But for many of us, the coding on plastic products can be a bit misleading. The symbols and numbers on plastics or the Resin Identification Code (RIC) is part of a system introduced by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, in 1988.
The RIC classification code was developed to meet recycling industry needs while providing manufacturers a consistent, uniform system that could help identify the resins used in the plastic manufacturing process.
Fact: the RIC code is specifically used to identify resins in manufacturing.
In 2008, the RIC classification code was adopted internationally making the identification of plastics easier for everyone to understand. This meant that the classification system needed to be reviewed and changed in order to make sure that all manufactured products were included.
In 2013, a new system of RIC classification was published with one major change. The recycling symbol around the code number was replaced with a triangle. Too many manufacturers were using the recycling symbol and coding incorrectly. In addition, alleged abuses of RICs have led consumer and environmental groups to ask the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and State Attorneys General, among others, to take legal or regulatory action.
So, the RIC — was never intended as a guide for consumers, but as something to help the recycling industry sort plastics.
The City of Manassas accepts plastic bottles and containers (such as tubs with lids) and clean rigid/hard plastics for recycling.
The City does NOT accept: plastic bags, Styrofoam/polystyrene, plastic wrap or film.
Styrofoam is produced and trademarked by the Dow Company. Generically is called polystyrene. It is plastic and is marked with the Recycling symbol (Mobius Loop) #6 PS. Note that not all packaging that looks like Styrofoam is plastic #6. If the material is ridged and hard most likely it is Styrofoam. The logo is misleading. It's not a recycling stamp, even though the graphic is clearly slated towards recycling. It's a "resin recycling code", which tells you what kind of plastic you've got. Some plastics can be recycled, and some can't.
Many recycling facilities won't take it just because they either do not have the appropriate recycling equipment or the amount is too small. The recycling facility that is used by the City of Manassas does not recycle Styrofoam.
It isn’t the perfect scenario but hopefully over time Styrofoam’s use will diminish and will be replaced with other materials such recycled paper.
Please do NOT put plastic carrier bags in with your recycling.