You might have a small piece of clean aluminum foil and wonder: Can I recycle this, since aluminum foil is recyclable? There's a simple rule of thumb: If it's smaller than a credit card in size, the answer is no. This also includes bottle caps, paperclips and "recyclable" coffee pods (even if they have a recycling mark on them). These small items can often jam recycling equipment and cause entire sorting machines to shut down. It's such a huge problem that recycling centers often will shut down over a dozen times a day to clear jams caused by small items. Instead, toss these small pieces into the trash.
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