Ever wonder why your curbside recycler asks you put "clean and dry" recyclables in your bin? It's simple: The cleaner your recyclables, the more money they are worth. When your load of recyclables comes to the sorting facility, it is sorted first by type of recyclable. Those are sorted by quality of cleanliness, from clean to dirty. The dirtier the recyclables, the less valuable they are. By always putting clean and dry recyclables in your bin, you help lower costs in the long run and save your community money, too.