Have you ever placed items in the recycling bin without being certain that they can be recycled?
Don’t do it.
Wishful thinking can damage your recycling program. Placing items in the bin that cannot be recycled makes processing recyclables more difficult, damages equipment, lowers the value of the material that can be recycled and increases program costs. Problem items include garden hoses, holiday lights, extension cords and plastic bags.
Recycle right. To find out what you can recycle, where to recycle, and who to contact for more information, visit "Where to Recycle Locally." To find out common items that should not be placed in your recycling container, click here.
Remember, there may be items that can be recycled outside your local program (e.g., plastic bag recycling at more grocery stores). To learn more, visit "What Can I Recycle?"
Finally, do not bag recyclables. If you collect recycled items in a bag, empty the contents into the recycling cart or bin. To learn more, click here.