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10 Common Recycling Questions You've Always Wanted Answers To

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Yes! Although caps are increasingly being made to be recyclable as well, as it stands, you should err on the side of dumping 'em before recycling 'em.
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Yes! Although caps are increasingly being made to be recyclable as well, as it stands, you should err on the side of dumping 'em before recycling 'em.

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No! While they CAN BE recycled, you'll probably have to take them to the nearest recycling center to do so. (Pro tip: Just ask for paper bags.)
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No! While they CAN BE recycled, you'll probably have to take them to the nearest recycling center to do so. (Pro tip: Just ask for paper bags.)

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Not at all! Conversely to plastic, almost every type of paper is recyclable, regardless of its color; this includes paper bags. If you can tear it, you can recycle it.
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Not at all! Conversely to plastic, almost every type of paper is recyclable, regardless of its color; this includes paper bags. If you can tear it, you can recycle it.

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Maybe! Look up your local ordinances because if you do separate and you don't have to, or you don't and you do have to, it will make this process much harder on the other side.
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Maybe! Look up your local ordinances because if you do separate and you don't have to, or you don't and you do have to, it will make this process much harder on the other side.

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Basically, anything that's translucent will be OK. Unfortunately, though, it's not all good. You can't recycle ceramic stuff, mirrors, lightbulbs, window glass, or ceramic dishes, for example.
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Basically, anything that's translucent will be OK. Unfortunately, though, it's not all good. You can't recycle ceramic stuff, mirrors, lightbulbs, window glass, or ceramic dishes, for example.

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Nope! Surprise. In very rare instances is this necessary (but again, this comes down to local ordinances).
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Nope! Surprise. In very rare instances is this necessary (but again, this comes down to local ordinances).

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No. Generally speaking, any receptacle that had perishable food directly touching it — like pizza boxes and Chinese takeout cartons, for instance — has to go in the trash. (Fortunately, many takeout containers are already made of recycled paperboard.) Speaking of…
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No. Generally speaking, any receptacle that had perishable food directly touching it — like pizza boxes and Chinese takeout cartons, for instance — has to go in the trash. (Fortunately, many takeout containers are already made of recycled paperboard.) Speaking of…

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Yep. As a rule, you should always wash out aluminum, plastic, and glass bottles too, but you have to wash out cans.
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Yep. As a rule, you should always wash out aluminum, plastic, and glass bottles too, but you have to wash out cans.

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Yes! Those bad boys might appear tough (being made of not just paper, but also plastic and aluminum), but they are totally recyclable, and in fact, in high demand.
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Yes! Those bad boys might appear tough (being made of not just paper, but also plastic and aluminum), but they are totally recyclable, and in fact, in high demand.

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These are the real troublemakers. In one way or another, each of them IS recyclable, but here we're going to just highlight the ones that are recyclable in most communities, as opposed to very few. Here's the breakdown, once and for all:1 - recyclable! 2 - recyclable! 3 - not recyclable! 4 - not recyclable! 5 - recyclable! 6 - recyclable! 7 - not recyclable!
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These are the real troublemakers. In one way or another, each of them IS recyclable, but here we're going to just highlight the ones that are recyclable in most communities, as opposed to very few. Here's the breakdown, once and for all:

1 - recyclable! 2 - recyclable! 3 - not recyclable! 4 - not recyclable! 5 - recyclable! 6 - recyclable! 7 - not recyclable!

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