More and more people today are recycling. In fact, about three-quarters of people in the U.S. recycle but most don’t know how to properly recycle.

Here are some great tips on how to be a smart recycler:

1. Remove the twist-off cap and ring from plastic bottles. The twist of off cap and ring are not recyclable. Bottles that arrive at recycling centers with the caps still on often are trashed.

2. Remove all food residues. Food waste adds impurities to products made from recycled materials, rendering them useless. So instead either clean out that pizza box or tear off the lid and any part of the box that’s clean, and recycle those. This also goes for paper towels and paper plates.

3. Rinse and repeat. Rinse out jars, bottles and other containers to remove food residue. It is also easier for the recycling center if you peel off any labels, along with as much of the sticky residue as you can.

4. Not all plastic is recyclable. There are many different types of plastics, look for the number inside the recycling symbol; the three arrows that form a triangle.


 

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