Recycling Right Matters
It's important to put only empty, clean, and dry recyclables in the recycling bin. Why does it matter? You might not know this, but dirty or wet materials are likely removed from the recycling stream and end up in the landfill. They can also contaminate other recyclables in your bin. Recycling helps reduce pollution, contribute to clean water, save energy, conserve natural resources, and support local jobs and businesses. So remember to recycle right and make sure your recycling efforts don't go to waste.
Empty, clean and dry
Empty out liquids, rinse or scrape out food residue, make sure paper and cardboard are dry, and keep your recycling bin closed to shut out rain.
Not everything can be recycled
Even items that have the recycling symbol may not be accepted for recycling in your program or even in the state.
Check your local recycling guidelines to ensure you’re putting the right materials in your recycle cart. Putting prohibited items in your recycling bin can put workers at risk, adds to the cost of recycling, and reduces the value of other recyclables.