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 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.

What CANNOT be placed in the recycling cart/bin?

Common problem items include garden hoses, holiday lights, extension cords, diapers, shredded paper, hazardous household products and plastic bags. Remember, don't place your recyclables in plastic bags - they are a contaminant for curbside programs.  Return them to your local grocery store for recycling. 

To learn more, see Recycling's Dirty Dozen.

Other Helpful Tips to Recycle Right: 

Recycling Beyond the Bin: Hard-to-Manage Items

Reducing Unwanted Mail