What Is Your Recycling Score?

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What Is Your Recycling Score? - Quiz

Get in the game and find out your paper recycling score!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Are paper towels recyclable?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    Paper towels and tissue products cannot be recycled because of the fiber used to make them. But you can turn them into compost or mulch.

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  • 2. 

    Are pizza boxes recyclable?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    • C.

      Only the parts without oil and other food stains

    Correct Answer
    C. Only the parts without oil and other food stains
    Explanation
    Please recycle *clean* pizza boxes with your paper. You cannot recycle a box that is soaked in oil or covered in cheese. Remove any food or wax paper that may be inside. If the top panel of the box is clean, you can tear it off and recycle just the top panel.

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  • 3. 

    Do I have to remove plastic windows from envelopes to recycle them?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    Today’s paper mills using recycled paper have the equipment to separate plastic windows from the envelopes.

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  • 4. 

    Why can’t I put my recycled paper in a plastic bag?

    • A.

      Plastic bags are a suffocation hazard for workers

    • B.

      Plastic bags get caught in recycling machinery

    Correct Answer
    B. Plastic bags get caught in recycling machinery
    Explanation
    The equipment used to sort recyclables is extremely sophisticated. Plastic bags jam the machines and may cause the need for costly repairs.

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  • 5. 

    Can candy wrappers be recycled with paper?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    The wrappers are actually made out of plastic. Unfortunately candy wrappers are currently not recycled in residential recycling programs.

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  • 6. 

    Is shredded paper recyclable?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    Make sure you put it into a sealed paper bag. Please do not use plastic bags as those often damage recycling equipment.

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  • 7. 

    Do I need to remove staples and paperclips from the items I am recycling?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    Paper mills that process recovered paper are set up to remove common contaminants such as staples and paper clips from the pulped paper. Therefore, it is not necessary to remove such items before recycling the paper, although paper clips and binder clips can be removed and reused.

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  • 8. 

    Is ALL gift-wrap paper recyclable?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    Regular paper gift wrap can be recycled, but tissue paper, flocked, glittered or foil paper cannot be recycled and must be thrown out along with plastic ribbons and bows.

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  • 9. 

    Are paper plates and cups recyclable?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    Because of the moisture barrier coatings and food residues, food service products cannot be recycled. Biodegradable products can be composted. Starbucks is currently experimenting with recyclable coffee cups, but the technology is not available in Massachusetts.

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  • 10. 

    Are magazines and other glossy paper recyclable?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    In 2009, only about half of the magazines were recycled nationwide. Please tell your friends that magazines and other glossy paper are recyclable.

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  • 11. 

    Can I recycle a phone book?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    In 2009, only 37% of phone directories got recycled nationwide compared to 89% of newspapers. Please make sure you recycle your phone book.

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  • 12. 

    Are copy-paper ream wrappers recyclable?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    Ream wrappers are lined with a thin layer of plastic that protects the paper inside from moisture. Unfortunately this renders the wrapper impossible to recyclable.

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  • 13. 

    Should you include frozen-food boxes with your recyclable paper?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    Frozen pizza, waffle, popsicle and other frozen food boxes cannot be recycled even though they may not seem any different from cereal or cracker boxes, which are recyclable. This is because a lot of them contain a chemical called wet-strength that keeps the boxes from falling apart in a cold, moist environment. Even if the food is also wrapped in plastic, like a frozen pizza, you still cannot recycle the box.

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  • 14. 

    Some coffee filters are made of paper.  Should I recycle them?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    Coffee filters are not recyclable, but you can compost them in your backyard.

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