Local Recycling Centers provide an invaluable service. They allow materials that we use regularly to be reused instead of taking up space in a landfill. This helps the environment by not producing as much waste and not requiring as much resource to produce the articles made from these materials. Different Local Recycling Centers will accept different materials, but there are all sorts of materials that can be recycled. Among them are: plastic, glass, aluminum and other metals, tires, newspaper and inserts, magazines and catalogs, telephone books, junk mail, cardboard, yard waste, oil, toner cartridges, old computers, household appliances and hazardous waste. Be sure to contact your Local Recycling Centers ahead of time to find out just what they recycle. Also, some Local Recycling Centers work in conjunction with their city to accept items brought in from residential curbside. There are usually specific requirements for preparation and removal for this. For instance, items may need to be stacked in the recycle bin a certain way and the bin might need to be full before pickup. Be sure and check with your local city’s requirements. This is a great way to conveniently dispose of items that are used every day without having to remove them yourself to a recycling center. When recycling at home, Local Recycling Centers will ask that items be separated and all lids removed and recyclable containers rinsed out and flattened if possible. When preparing newspapers, magazines, or other paper products for recycling, remove any plastic. Only use paper bags to store these articles in.