I'm currently trying to figure out whether I can throw old clothing material in the compost bin? Not sure if polyester and other man made material is good for the gardening or not. Anyway, I got to thinking about the last long term employment I had with a company it recycled much of the waste it generated. I worked for a Electrical Contractor and he and his family recycled just about anything they touched with very little going to the landfill. Everytime we came in off a job we placed all aluminum in one bin, all copper in its own bin, and all steel in its own bin. All papers and cardboard products was burned in a designated burn pile. Much of used copper wiring was burned to remove the jackets before going in the bin. My boss and his family recycled all the house hold trash they produced. Glass was seperated out, plastic seperated, and tin cans were de-papered and thrown in the steel bin. About once a year they would cash in all the metals and devide the money up and we would all get about $60 to $70 each. It was a great bonus if you ask me.