Know What Doesn’t Belong in the Bin to Maximize Curbside Recycling

To maximize the effectiveness of curbside recycling, it’s important to know what to place in your recycling bin and what to leave out. Any items that would contaminate recyclables or cause issues at the recycling centers should be kept out of the bin. Which types of items should be left out? Let’s take a look.

Tanglers: Items like extension cords, Christmas lights, and hoses can get wrapped around recycling equipment.

Bags: Don’t bag your recyclables. Doing so could divert your recyclables to a landfill because any contaminating substance in the bag could contaminate all the contents in the bag.

Medical waste: Because medical waste can pose a safety hazard, it should never be placed in curbside recycling.

Hazardous materials: Any packaging that contains dangerous products should be excluded. This includes items that are ignitable, corrosive, or toxic such as motor oil, fuel, propane tanks, and batteries.

It’s always a good idea to reach out to your city government for recycling guidelines in your area. Make the most of curbside recycling by knowing what to keep out, because Recycling Counts!™