It is not easy being green, but Allegheny County is here to help.
We generally think of recyclables as plastic, glass, and paper that we put out on our curb each week, but did you know that more high-tech items like batteries and electronics can be recycled too?
Odds are, you are probably reading this from something recyclable. Almost everything you own can be recycled, but not everything can just be thrown into bins because they contain potentially harmful materials. When hard to recycle items are taken care of by a professional, the chemicals, metals, and plastics can be reused to make new products and prevent toxicity in landfills and other greenhouse gas emissions.
The Allegheny County Health Department understands the importance of recycling to the future of Pittsburgh and has compiled a handy Recycling Resource Directory of professionals that can help you recycle almost any material that you can find here.
Check out the county’s resources and rethink recycling to make your lifestyle just a little greener.
This year, we are sharing simple tips and tricks for greener living in tandem with our exhibition We Are Nature: Living in the Anthropocene, which explores the interconnected relationship between humans and our environment. A first of its kind in North America, the exhibition utilizes interactive exhibits, innovative gallery design, and specimens from our hidden collection in an unflinching exploration of the Anthropocene.
The Anthropocene is the current geological era in which humans are making a profound impact on the geological strata. While the term itself is still being debated by geologists, the museum is embracing it as a social and cultural tool for exploring the broad sum effect humans are having on the planet.