While they don't have to be sparkling clean, it's important that the glass containers you put in your recycling bin are reasonably clean. This often means using running water and scouring the last bits of food out of a jar. Here's a win-win: Use the remaining space in your dishwasher to get them clean. Since a dishwasher is the most energy- and water-efficient way to wash your dishes, adding a few dirty glass jars is a smart way to save resources. When they're clean, just toss them in your recycling bin.
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