Very useful info for me. I have indeed wondered what to do when I'm not sure.
|"Wait, Does This Go in the Recycling Bin?"
What to do when you forget the rules.
By Nina Shen Rastogi
Posted Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, at 9:43 AM ET
If your community participates in single-stream recycling—where everything from bottles to cans to cardboard boxes get placed in one curbside bin—it might be tempting to err on the side of tossing your mystery item into that bin as well. It's all going to get sorted out in the end, right? But there's an argument to be made that single-stream recycling actually requires more diligence from consumers—contamination rates often rise dramatically in these programs, so anything you can do to keep unwanted items out of the mix will make the system more efficient.