August 9 - Recycling cans, glass and plastic bottles, newspapers and cardboard boxes is pretty straightforward. By now, most cities and towns have recycling programs and consumers know what materials can go into recycling bins.
But there's still a huge amount of household waste that remains a question mark. Can you recycle candy wrappers, tires, plastic coffee cups, old paint and plastic containers stamped with the number "7?"
You can find answers to some of these mysteries at Earth911.com, a website devoted to providing consumers information about recycling across the U.S.
So, what to do with those wrappers from the 23.8 pounds per capita of candy consumed in the U.S. in 2008? A new program that pays non-profits to help collect candy wrappers aims to tackle the problem.