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October is recycling month in the state of Pennsylvania - a month dedicated to recognizing the importance of recycling.

"Recycling saves our natural resources," said Barbara Giovagnoli, community outreach coordinator and education specialist for Lackawanna County's Office of Environmental Sustainability.

"There are opportunities for every resident and business owner in the Triboro area to recycle," she added. "Besides items that are recycled curb side, special items can be recycled such as electronics and batteries. All anyone would have to do is contact our office to find out how to do it."

What can be recycled

Newspapers, phone books, magazines and catalogs can be recycled. Office paper, or paper you would write on may be recycled. Corrugated cardboard (ruffled cardboard sandwiched between two flat cardboard liners) may be recycled. Glass and plastic bottles and jars, and aluminum and steel (tin) cans may also be recycled.

What can not be recycled

The following items can not be recycled:

- Margarine tubs, deli and yogurt cups, plastic and foam dishes, bakery boxes, light bulbs, pane and window glass, glass/plastic/ Styrofoam cups, ceramic plates and cookware;

- Utensils, batteries, flower pots, paint cans, motor oil and chemical containers, tissue and cereal boxes, food wrappers, bubble wrap, Tyvek envelopes, manila folders; and

- Syringes, hardcover books, glossy paper and plastic kitty litter containers.

How to recycle

According to the Lackawanna County recycling Web site,, residents and business owners should take the following steps to ensure the items are prepared for pickup:

- Rinse out bottles and jars.

- Step on and crush plastic bottles.

- Do not break or crush glass bottles and jars.

-Throw away all tops.

- Labels can be left on.

Residents with additional questions about recycling in the Triboro area may call the 963-2017.