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Dear Recycle Lady,

While cleaning out my garage I found several chains of various lengths. Can these chains be recycled? Also, I found several partial boxes of unused nails. Can they be recycled? Cleaner-Upper

Dear Cleaner-Upper,

If the chains are metal, and not plastic, they can be recycled with metal. The nails would be too small for the Recycling Center to recycle but Restore takes them, as well as other construction items, but not shingles. If you have tools that you no longer need, Restore accepts those, also. All sales benefit Habitat for Humanity. It’s a win-win – a cleaner garage that helps Habitat for Humanity “help families build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.” Restore is located on North Jefferson Street in Lewisburg, across the road from Greenbrier Ford.

Dear Recycle Lady,

I received a lovely plant as a gift that had what appears to be an aluminum foil wrap on the pot. It crumples like aluminum and a magnet does not stick to it. Can this wrap be recycled? Loves Potted Plants

Dear Loves Potted Plants,

If the wrap on your plant crumples like aluminum, it can be recycled with aluminum foil. Be sure it is clean and dry before placing it in the recycling bin.

Dear Recycle Lady,

Please encourage your readers to save recyclables until they have a fair number of items to take to the Recycling Center. They are not helping the environment if gasoline is used in excess by visiting the bins often with only small amounts of recyclables. Environmentalist

Dear Environmentalist,

You are absolutely correct. Recycling is a balancing act between what to use and what to save. If several trips can be combined into one, less gas is used, thus less carbon omissions go into the air. Better yet, form a neighborhood collection where drivers switch off taking everyone’s recyclables in one trip.

Congratulations, Recyclers! Collectively, you recycled 635 tons of various recyclables at the Recycling Center during the first half of 2021! That’s 200 tons more than this time last year.

Have questions about recycling, or interesting information about recycling? Send questions or requests to recyclelady@greenbrier-swa.com . Dear Recycle Lady is sponsored jointly by the Greenbrier Recycling Center and Greenworks Recycling.

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