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Novak Sanitary: Don’t trash old magazines; recycle

Magazines can pile up quickly, making it appealing to toss unwanted copies into the trash. However, there are plenty of ways to recycle both subscription and newsstand magazines that are friendlier for the planet.

Magazines can pile up quickly, making it appealing to toss unwanted copies into the trash. However, there are plenty of ways to recycle both subscription and newsstand magazines that are friendlier for the planet.

Here are some tips:

•    Share magazines with family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers.
•    Give them to waiting rooms. Doctor’s offices, salons, and other businesses with waiting areas always need a supply of magazines.
•    Drop magazines off at fitness centers, which need reading materials for their members.
•    Donate magazines to schools, libraries and literacy programs.
•    Use magazines for craft projects. Photographs printed in magazines can be used in collages or for other artistic purposes.
•    Gather and sort your magazines into genres, and save them for later reading. Categories could include Business, Teen, Health, Women’s, Men’s, Fashion, Cooking, etc.

Novak Sanitary service also helps Sioux Falls area residents recycle magazines as part of its RecycleBank residential recycling program. All recyclables, including magazines, can be combined into one container that Novak Sanitary will pick up and divide at the plant.

Commonly accepted recyclable items for single-stream recycling include magazines, newspapers, aluminum cans, paper, junk mail, plastic bags, glass bottles and jars, and more. A full list of recyclable items can be found at NovakSanitary.com - Residential - Recycling.

When residential customers sign up for the RecycleBank program, points are awarded to them for recycling. The points are worth coupons that can be redeemed at local and online businesses. The more items recycled, the more points and savings earned.

“Recycling is important because it reduces pollution and preserves the environment,” said Bob Novak, vice president of the Sioux Falls trash disposal and recycling company. “It also saves the community money by avoiding landfill fees. All around, it’s a great habit to get into.”

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