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When In Doubt, Recycle Mystery Materials? 5

By Recyclebank |

Is it better to take the gamble, and put it in the recycling container just in case?

Should you recycle something just in case it might be recyclable? The answer is: No! That's right. Contrary to what many might guess, it is actually a bad idea to put something in the recycling bin if you don't know whether or not it's recyclable in your area. This is because if unrecyclable materials find their way into a materials-recycling facility (MRF) they disrupt the recycling process and can contaminate entire batches of recyclable materials. Recycling contamination means lots of otherwise recyclable materials have to be landfilled, so we must all do our best to pay attention to what we're putting in our recycling bins.

If you have a mystery material, ask your hauler if you can recycle it in your bin. If you can’t find an answer, it’s best to trash that one item and save an entire batch of neighborhood recycling from contamination at the MRF.

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  • Lorraine Genovese L. 12 days ago
    Recycle mystery material was interesting. I have to remember when in doubt throw it out. Do not want to contaminate .
  • Barb R. 1 month ago
    Helpful advice "When In Doubt, Throw It Out!" I have lived by that little rhyme for years since I first started recycling! :)
  • Floyd G. 1 month ago
    Helpful advice when it comes to questionable items to be recycled. You can talk to people that take your items for recycling and ask them if it would acceptable to recycle an item that you have and don't know if it can be recycled.
  • DeAndre R. 1 month ago
    I have learned so much sense joining
  • Hollie N. 1 month ago
    I've really learned a lot of useful info on here!
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