Save The Date #CreekWeek16 - March 12-19

Keep Durham Beautiful February Newsletter

 Your Recycling Questions Answered


Recycling - the act of turning waste into reusable material- is an ever evolving industry that can be quite confusing. What is (and is not) recyclable changes based on where you live and what materials have an end-market. Here are some answers to your most frequently asked questions about recycling here in Durham:

Can I recycle phone books?

Yes. You can recycle your old (or new, but unwanted) phone books in the recycling bin. Want to opt-out of receiving phone books at altogether? Visit:

Can I recycle pizza boxes? What if they have some residual grease?

Yes. Pizza boxes are recyclable, even with some grease, but remove all trash and as much food residue as possible.

What should I do with plastic bags?

Plastic bags are not accepted in our single-steam recycling bins. They actually will shut down the machines at the Material Recovery Facility (MRF).  You can recycle plastic  bags and other film plastics (such as case wrap, produce bags, food storage bags, newspaper bags, and bubble wrap) at most local grocery stores. To find the nearest drop off location for film plastics, visit:

Which number plastics can be recycled?

You can recycle all plastics in your single-stream recycling bin except #6 (polystyrene) which is Styrofoam and plastic bags and other film plastics (see above question about recycling plastic bags).

Have more burning recycling questions? Check out our blog post on the subject and learn how you can join upcoming tours to the recycling plant in Raleigh.  

Save The Date:
Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Pre-Super Bowl Tree Planting 
Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 | 1-3 PM
Oval Park (2200 W. Club Blvd)

Get your workout on before you chow down at a Super Bowl Party. Don't know how to plant a tree? No worries - we will teach you. Please bring water and wear warm layers you don't mind getting dirty. We will provide gloves and shovels. Youth welcome with adult supervision.
Show a Little Love Tree Planting
Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 | 9 AM -12 PM
Trinity Park (410 Watts Street)

Share some valentine's day love by planting trees. No experience necessary. Please bring water and wear warm layers you don't mind getting dirty. We will provide gloves and shovels. Bring your valentine! Youth welcome with adult supervision. 

Tree Seedling Giveaway

Sunday, March 13, 2016 | 12- 4PM
Durham Central Park, Food Truck Rodeo

Want a free tree? Come visit the Keep Durham Beautiful tent at the Food Truck Rodeo at Durham Central Park. We will have 8 varieties of tree seedlings to choose from, while supplies last. Durham County Master Gardener volunteers will be on site to answer your tree related questions. Trees must be planted in Durham County.
#CreekWeek16 is almost here! Opportunities to Discover Your Watershed (education), Explore Hidden Gems (recreation), and Volunteer. Cleanups, canoe trips, trivia, hikes, and hands on experiences for all ages.
For a list of events, visit:

KDB News & Updates

Why are we smiling you ask? We were recognized by Keep America Beautiful President, Jennifer Jenn, with the 2015 President's Circle Award for our work making #Durham clean and green! We learned a lot and were inspired at the Keep America Beautiful national conference in Orlando.
Get Excited! The 2016 Bulb Blitz Giveaway is coming soon.  Five Durham based community groups will win 100 free bulbs. Make sure to follow Keep Durham Beautiful on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the big announcement when the #BulbBlitz16 giveaway goes live!
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