Recycling Tip of the Month: Multi-Level Houses

If you live in a multi-level house, don’t just recycle on one level, recycle on all levels of your home. Keep a basket or a canvass tote upstairs and toss in your toothpaste boxes, soap wrappers, toilet paper tubes, etc.  When it’s full, or the night before recycling pickup, bring it downstairs and empty it into your recycle bin.

Speaking of bathroom recyclables, here’s an interesting statistic from the Kimberly-Clark Corporation: 

The 17 billion toilet paper tubes produced annually in the USA account for 160 million pounds of trash, according to Kimberly-Clark estimates, and could stretch more than a million miles placed end-to-end. That’s from here to the moon and back — twice. Most consumers toss, rather than recycle, used tubes, says Doug Daniels, brand manager at Kimberly-Clark.

Let’s change that in the City of Poughkeepsie. Adding your toilet paper tubes to the recyclables bin will help the City of Poughkeepsie meet its goal of removing 1,400 tons of recyclables in 2013. Let’s Recycle!

If you have a Recycling Tip you’d like to share with your neighbors, please email it to

For additional information about the recycling efforts in the City of Poughkeepsie, please visit our Recycling and Sanitation page.


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