Make a Difference by Recycling

At Hiland, our sustainability efforts sometimes occur one small action at a time. But together, these small actions make a big difference.

The same is true for your home. It may seem as if one person can’t make a difference when it comes to saving the environment, but they can. That’s because over the years, a recycled milk jug here and a yogurt container there add up to literally hundreds of pounds of plastic. And, when one person becomes whole community, those hundreds of pounds can become hundreds of tons of plastic that can be reused rather than heading for the landfill.

How You Can Help

  • Make yourself aware of your community’s recycling regulations — most have a website for this.
  • If your community requires it, separate paper, plastic and glass items.
  • Check the resin identification code (RIC) on the item to be recycled — it will be a number inside a triangle made of arrows, usually on the bottom of the container. Make sure your community accepts these particular kinds of plastic.
  • Rinse out items before recycling, don’t put items inside other items to be recycled (e.g., don't put a plastic cap inside a plastic jug).
  • Remove plastic caps from milk jugs and other containers — they are typically made of a different kind of plastic that needs to be separated at the recycling center.
  • Consider repurposing items rather than throwing them away. Our blog, the Hiland Home, has a lot of fun ways to turn old Hiland milk jugs into creative, fun and functional items.

Together, we can make a difference. We're doing our part. Will you do your part too?

It starts with a simple step and before you know it, all of your efforts to reduce waste and environmental impact really add up.