Every year, Americans recycle more than 87 million tons. Unfortunately, not everything placed in a recycle bin is ready to be recycled. Did you know that a recent study showed two-thirds of Americans will put something in the recycling cart even if they are unsure if it is recyclable? Sometimes, perfectly good items (such as paper) are ruined because other items are wet or soiled. Contaminated recycling hurts the environment.
What can you do? Remember: Empty, Clean, Dry
Empty – make sure each container is completely empty
Clean – each container should be free from food and other residue
Dry – Dry containers ensure that other recyclables, such as cardboard and paper, remain uncontaminated
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