Putting things in the recycling bin, rather than the garbage, can feel great, but not everything can be recycled. Below is a list of things that can’t currently be recycled (check your local recycling center for more information as many places differ in what they do and don’t accept).
- Single-use plastic like bags, straws, and cutlery
- Snack bags
- Plastic film
- Wax coated paper cups and plates
- Aerosol cans
- Dirty cardboard such as pizza boxes
- Paper towels or tissues
If you’re unsure whether an item can be recycled or not, contact your city council or waste services. They’ll be able to give you even more recycling tips and clarify any specifics for your area. Sometimes you can also bring some of your recyclable waste to supermarkets and they can dispose of it accordingly.