Why don't you recycle styrofoam, plastic bags, etc.?

Typically we don’t recycle items that have a low market value, or that cause logistical concerns for our vendors. Styrofoam is extremely lightweight and the cost to process it into a marketable product is prohibitive (though some grocery stores accept it in small quantities). Plastic bags clog machinery used to sort and separate recyclables at our vendors’ materials recovery facilities (but you can take plastic bags back to local grocery stores for recycling). "Regular" batteries and compact fluorescent bulbs are also cost prohibitive to recycle (but both are accepted at our annual household hazardous waste collection event). We encourage you to give us a call at 864-949-1658 or email jsdao@spartanburgcounty.org if you’re looking for markets for certain items or you’d like more information about how the recycling process works.

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1. What do I do with paint, compact fluorescent bulbs, batteries, hazardous products, medications, or syringes?
2. How do I dispose of large items like furniture, mattresses, wood, carpeting, construction materials, etc.?
3. How do I recycle an item that isn't listed on your website?
4. Why don't you recycle styrofoam, plastic bags, etc.?
5. How do I recycle electronics, what is e-waste, where do I take electronics, how can a business recycle electronics?
6. How do I recycle tires?
7. I heard that someone goes through all the trash so there's no point in recycling. Is that true?
8. Do the recyclables actually get recycled or does it all just get thrown away?