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Drop-off recyclable

Can be recycled when deposited at a designated facility.

Definition


Lumi defines drop-off recyclable materials as those that can be recycled when deposited at a designated facility. Many communities do not offer curbside recycling programs, however they may have centers that can process certain recycled materials.

With few exceptions, most materials by themselves can be dropped off for recycling somewhere. Once multiple materials are combined into a multilayered construction, any chance of drop-off recyclability is usually compromised.

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Recovery

At the end of a product's life, some materials can be recovered or disposed of to minimize environmental impact.

Why choose it


Recycling extends the life of materials and saves resources, lowering the demand for raw materials needed to create new products. Paper fibers can be recycled up to 5-7 times1. Plastic recyclability depends on the type of plastic, but if processed correctly hard plastics like PET, HDPE, PP, and PS can be recycled at least once without too much of a decline in quality2. Recycling films (plastic bags) is tougher to do but still possible2.

For some materials, dropoff recycling is the only option in cities, so brands may opt to give their customers this option rather than using materials that rule out recycling altogether.

Availability of Recycling Programs By US Region (% of Population)

Why not choose it


It’s important to remain realistic about recycling rates. For example, while LDPE (the thin plastic film that often makes up many shopping bags) is technically drop-off recyclable, an estimated 7% of shopping bags are recycled in the US3.

Companies may want to ease the disposal burden on their customers by offering curbside recyclable options instead.