What NOT to Put in the Bin

Ever wondered if that greasy paper plate could go in your recycling bin? Or would it really be a big deal if you threw in just one plastic bag? It may seem simple to determine what doesn’t go in a recycling bin based on an item’s labels or whether or not it shows a recycling symbol. Unfortunately, it’s not that straightforward.

So, how do you determine which materials you should keep out of your recycling bin? Below, we’ve listed some materials that recycling programs don’t commonly accept and why.

Editor’s note: Curbside recycling programs vary from city to city. This article is intended to be a general guide only. For the most accurate information, please check with your city for a list of materials that are accepted in your bin.


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