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Refresh Your Contamination Knowledge To Celebrate America Recycles Day 15

By Recyclebank |

America Recycles Day is November 15th! It’s the perfect time to recommit to recycling right, and this quiz is just the place to start.

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It’s okay to drop unaccepted materials into your recycling container. The waste hauler will sort it out later and throw away whatever they can’t use.
If your jar of peanut butter is almost empty — just a bit more stuck to the jar! — it’s okay to drop it in the recycling container.
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Keep this info in mind the next time you toss something in the recycling container. After all, when you avoid recycling contamination, you help keep the cost of the recycling process low, and the benefit to the environment high!

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The most widely-accepted recyclables are paper, plastic, metal, and glass — but there are also widely-accepted rules about what shouldn’t go in your recycling container. Avoiding recycling contamination is one of the best ways to make sure you’re recycling right. Get started here!

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  • David C. 26 days ago
    I fill my PB jars with water & Dawn soap. Let soak overnight. PB just dissolves. Then water my grass with it.
  • Heather B. 1 month ago
    There’s always the issue of water usage to rinse recyclables, but is there really any other acceptable way? If you don’t clean items thoroughly, you risk contaminating other recyclables such as paper. Plus, no one seems to talk about it much, but unrinsed recyclables can attract bugs and rodents.
    • Kathy R. 1 month ago
      Research has shown that the amount of water used to recycle products is far less than the water used in manufacturing virgin products. Really good point about the fact that unclean recyclables attract unwanted pests!
  • Betty H. 1 month ago
    I like to wash all of my recyleable stuff. It just makes sense.
  • Jenny S. 1 month ago
    Peanut butter jars can be a challenge. I scrape with a silicone spatula, then wash, then rinse with boiling water. Sometimes, the dishwasher works, too.
    • vernyce d. 1 month ago
      we have our dog or a friend's dog clean out the pb jars - you'd be amazed how much they manage to remove!
  • Leighton S. 1 month ago
    Can I get flyers to this program or is their a printable page I can send to my neighbors. In South Philly people don't bother to bag their household trash let alone clean their recyclables. More education is needed.
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