Materials like pizza boxes, used paper plates, napkins, paper towels, and jars with food residue should not be put in a recycling bin.
While the materials themselves are recyclable, once they are contaminated with food they are useless.
What should you not put in your recycling bin?
Read on to find out once and for all.
- Pizza boxes. The grease can’t be separated from the paper fibers.
- Light bulbs. Check your state regulations for disposal.
- Food soiled containers. There can’t be any residue.
- Aluminum foil. The foil isn’t recyclable.
- Capped water bottles.
- Drinking glasses.
What is non recyclable?
Eighty percent of materials thrown away are resources – not waste. Non–recyclable plastic consumer items – some food storage containers, dishware, vinyl, disposable diapers, toys, Formica™, fiberglass, foam materials, and plastics attached to other materials such as kitchenware or auto parts.
What things Cannot be recycled?
Top items that people wrongly think can be recycled
- Hand soap pump dispenser tops.
- Kitchen roll.
- Non-paper gift wrap.
- Coffee cups.
- Plastic bags.
- Wine glasses.
- Glass cookware.
Which type of paper Cannot be recycled?
Wax, Plastic or Foil-Coated Paper
Some items that are mainly composed of paper also have a small amount of wax, plastic or foil added to them, rending them not recyclable. Frozen food boxes, juice boxes, dairy milk cartons and soymilk cartons are specific types of these items, according to Earth911.