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I have tried to start recycling at my hospital(its going very slow).

We get a lot of water bottle/pop bottles thrown into our plastic boxes.

Do the caps have to be off for them to be accepted and recycled?

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Usually yes. The bottles are squished into bales to make it easier to transport them and if the cap is still on it will burst with a little explosion. Not good. It also takes a lot of effort to sort through a mountain of bottles and remove caps so usually they won't take them unless the caps are off already.

I usually put my caps in with the mixed plastic.

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Yes, off like PP said.

We no longer need to separate #1 - #7 plastics and they can all be recycled right along with paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum, steel, etc. So, we remove the lids and toss them in as long as they have the recycle symbol.

This is new for us (just since mid-January), so I have only noticed that milk bottle caps are recyclable. We rarely use plastic water bottles, so I don't know if those lids have a recycle symbol.

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Actually, in my city, we just started collecting #1-7 plastics and I have been told by multiple sources that the caps can and should be left on.

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Actually, in my city, we just started collecting #1-7 plastics and I have been told by multiple sources that the caps can and should be left on.
same here. Most of the time, we leave them on.

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Hmm, any links to recycling websites that state which they prefer?

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Sorry no links, but this is what our city recycling folks sent us when I called and ask what they took... curbside weekly pickup... they use the color red, so I'll use it here.

PET #1 and HDPE #2 plastic containers accepted.
Plastic wrap, butter cups, dessert cups or any other plastics without #1 and #2 not accepted PET #1 containers are primarily soft drink. bottled water. juice. salad dressing, and cooking oil containers. HDPE#2 containers are primarily gallon milk and beverage containers, detergent and shampoo bottles. Please rinse container, remove cap and flatten.
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Check with your local recycling place. Ours doesn't require you to remove caps.

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Check with your local recycling place. Ours doesn't require you to remove caps.
Right, I will, thanks guys!

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It is my understanding that caps should be off. I was told in my area that all bottles with caps on will be thrown out for the reason the pp mentioned. This was mentioned on the show "Living with Ed" on the green network. There is also a company called Aveda that is now collecting caps to be recycled at their stores. I take off and save all my caps to bring there.

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i would check with your county too. It all depends on they're system.

In my county they only except #1 & #2 plastics without caps.
(i know some caps can be made from a different type of plastic which can 'mess up' the purity of the melt ... if that makes any sense )

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This thread has made me mindful about the caps on the bottles... plus the rings that hold the caps on, some items are easier to remove those rings than others, some are just plain dangerous!
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Recycling rules can vary so much! It's really best to check with your local recycling center to be sure.

When I lived in Seattle, they only took a few types of plastic (I think that might have since been changed?), but they took almost ALL kinds of cardboard. Where I live now, they take ALL kinds of plastic, but only some kinds of cardboard. Where my mom lives, they don't take ANY plastic (!?!) OR tin cans! Just glass, aluminum and (some) paper.
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