Have you ever wondered if it’s okay to recycle a yogurt tub without rinsing it first? Maybe you put a peanut butter jar in the trash because it wasn’t clean. From now on, you should recycle these containers.
What is the main reason the recycling center wants you to empty bottles and rinse out food when you can? Safety. Yes, it’s mostly about safety. Yogurt tubs, soda cans, and beer bottles are dumped on the floor at the recycling center; and then they go on a conveyor belt where equipment and people sort them. Food and liquid residue smells bad, is sticky and slippery, and can produce mold and attract insects and rodents. This doesn’t mean you should throw away recyclables that have food residue. The containers are too valuable to bury in the landfill. Empty containers as well as you can, given your circumstances. If you can’t rinse every time, that’s okay—rinse when you can, and definitely empty liquids out of bottles. If you are cleaning out your pantry or refrigerator, please do remove food from containers before recycling.
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