Can I Recycle This?

A Guide to Better Recycling and How to Reduce Single-use Plastics

Release Date Apr 13, 2021

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Rebecca Marsh
Associate Director of Publicity – Viking and Penguin Books


The first illustrated guidebook that answers the age-old question: Can I Recycle This?

Since the dawn of the recycling system, people the world over have stood by their bins, holding an everyday object, wondering, “Can I recycle this?” This simple question reaches into our concern for the environment, the care we take to keep our homes and our communities clean, and how we interact with our local government. Recycling rules vary widely from place to place, with exceptions and caveats at every turn, leaving many of us scratching our heads at the simple act of throwing something away.


Taking readers on a quick but informative tour of how recycling actually works, Can I Recycle This? gives straightforward answers to whether dozens of common household objects can or cannot be recycled, as well as the information you need to make that decision for other items you encounter. 

Jennie Romer has been working for over a decade to help cities and states across America draft meaningful legislation to help communities produce less plastic waste. Along the way, she learned a lot about which parts of our current recycling system work well and which parts don’t work at all. Can I Recycle This? distills her years of experience into an approachable, easy-to-use guide that will change the way you think about what you throw away, and how you do it. 

Meet Jennie Romer


Jennie Romer is a Legal Associate for the Surfrider Foundation’s Plastic Pollution Initiative, and her knowledge is routinely sought by legislators, environmental nonprofits, and businesses across the U.S., and she helped author plastic bag bans in California and New York. I @jennie_romer I @jenniethefreckle


& Christie Young


Christie Young is an illustrator and web designer whose work has appeared in The Cut, Nylon, Madewell, and Good. She is the author of Girl Talk, and originated “The Rules” for Good in 2011. Her love for sci-fi on Netflix knows no bounds.




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Preorder from local bookstores


Jennie is incredibly grateful to anyone who preorders the book from any retailer. If you want to go the extra mile, here are a few local bookshops that Jennie suggests:


Word in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY


Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY


Books Inc. in the SF Bay Area, CA


The Strand in Manhattan is Jennie's favorite, but it’s not available there quite yet!


You can also preorder directly from a local bookshop near you by entering your zip code at and clicking on the bolded bookstores. Preordering directly from your local bookstore not only demonstrates your support — you may be able to pick up your order in person. That can help you avoid pesky delivery packaging! is also a good option if you’re planning to order online. It offers a small discount and the profits are shared with local bookstores.

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