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 Have you ever placed items in the recycling bin without being certain that they can be recycled?

Don't do it.

"Wishful thinking" can damage your recycling program. Placing items that cannot be recycled with those that can or placing improperly prepared recyclables results in local governments and recycling processors spending millions of dollars removing non-recyclables (also called contaminants) or disposing of material that could have been recycled. Their costs can end up costing you more money as well.

What CANNOT be placed in the recycling cart/bin?

Common problem items include: plastic bags, garden hoses, holiday lights, extension cords, diapers, shredded paper, hazardous household products and take-out containers. Remember, never place your recyclables in plastic bags - they are a contaminant for curbside programs.  Return plastic bags to grocery stores for recycling or donate them to food banks for reuse. 

To learn more, download: 

Recycling's Dirty Dozen

What CAN be placed in the recycling cart/bin?

Many common items are recyclable in most areas - plastic #1 and #2 bottles and jugs, cardboard, mixed paper and more. By placing correct and clean items in your recycling bin, recycling processing facilities are able to send cleaner product out.

To learn what recyclables are accepted near you, visit RecycleHereSC.

Helpful Documents to Recycle Right: 

RecycleRightSC - What Can Recycled Items Become? - OR-1972 RecycleRightSC - What is Contamination? - OR-1976 Recycle Right SC - Rack Card - OR-1971