Greasy pizza boxes and dirty glass jars are contaminated recyclables that can ruin an entire load of usable material, and they should never be thrown into your recycle bin. These items actually do more than potentially send good, clean recyclables to the landfill; they cost the industry money. It’s believed the contamination of recyclable materials costs the industry just under a billion dollars per year. These costs could potentially result in fewer places to take our recyclables. To help, make sure you only put clean recyclables into your bin. And the rule really is true: When in doubt, toss it out.
ANDREWS MCMEEL SYNDICATION