So, you think you know the ins and outs of recycling right in Gwinnett County? Test your knowledge with this quick quiz!
Why is it important to recycle regularly and recycle right?
A) Because when manufacturers use recycled material to make new products, they’re able to leave natural resources where they belong — in nature!
B) Because recycling is a major industry in Georgia, and when we recycle right, it helps bring new businesses and jobs to our state.
C) Because contamination — non-recyclable trash in the recycling stream — causes recycling loads to be less usable and sometimes even sent to the landfill.
D) All of the above.
What can we put in our curbside recycling bins in Gwinnett County?
A) Everything. When you’re done using anything, it goes in the recycling bin!
B) Anything made of plastic, metal, glass, paper, or cardboard.
C) Only empty plastic bottles and jugs marked with a #1 or #2, empty metal cans, clean paper, and flattened cardboard.
D) Only paper and cardboard.
How clean do containers have to be to recycle them?
A) If you’re cleaning out your fridge and find a full (and expired) bottle of milk, put it straight in the bin. No need to empty. Someone else can handle that later!
B) Some globs of peanut butter still in the jar or a half-full bottle of water is okay.
C) You don’t have to run them through the dishwasher or get them spotless, but they need to be mostly empty.
D) They should be spotless and sparkling.
What should we do with plastic bottle caps?
A) It doesn’t matter. Toss them in the recycling bin loose or screwed on the bottle. Either way works!
B) Screw them back on the bottle before recycling.
C) Remove caps from the bottle and recycle them loose.
D) Remove caps from the bottle and throw them in the trash.
What kind of paper is recyclable curbside?
A) Anything that comes from trees. Computer paper, magazines, paperback books, shredded paper, waxed paper cups, waxed cartons, paper towels, tissue paper, and technically even toilet paper (ew!).
B) Paper that is intact (not in shreds), not waxed, not contaminated, and not tissue-y.
C) Only paper that has no writing or print on it.
D) None of the above.
What kind of metal is recyclable curbside?
A) Cans, old lawn chairs, chains, a rusty ax, a propane tank, a dented mailbox…any metal, really!
B) Anything made of metal that isn’t rusty.
C) Only certified BPA-free food cans.
D) Only empty food and drink cans and empty aerosol cans.
Why isn’t glass recyclable curbside?
A) Glass doesn’t work well in single-stream recycling.
B) There’s no market for recycled glass.
C) It isn’t possible to recycle glass.
D) Wait — glass isn’t recyclable curbside?!
What should we do with old batteries and bulbs?
A) Take them to a store or recycling center to recycle.
B) Put them in the curbside recycling bin.
C) Throw them in the trash.
D) Avoid using them — who needs power or light?
How can I help Gwinnett’s recycling system thrive?
A) Call Gwinnett County Solid Waste Management at 770-822-7141 to request a free 65-gallon wheeled recycling cart to collect more recyclables and keep them protected from wind and rain with a lid.
B) Remind neighbors to recycle regularly and recycle right by sharing Gwinnett Recycles’ posts on social media and on neighborhood apps like Nextdoor.
C) A) and B)
D) Yell at people who aren’t recycling right. The louder the better.
Which of the following activities is just as important as recycling?
A) Reducing how much stuff we buy in the first place.
B) Reusing stuff (by maintaining it, repairing it, and shopping secondhand when possible) to keep it useful longer.
C) Composting organic matter, like food scraps and yard waste, to prevent landfill emissions and create healthy soils.
D) All of the above.
Thanks for taking our quiz! You’re well on your way to being an expert at recycling right in Gwinnett. If you’re up for another quiz, see if you can identify all the mistakes in photos of contaminated recycling bins.