All items must be clean and uncontaminated. Plastics and glass need to be empty and rinsed. Paper and cardboard must be clean. For example, heavily soiled pizza boxes are not recyclable. A clean lid may be torn off and recycled, but the greasy bottom must go into the trash.
Why all this fussiness? Manufacturers of recycled products need clean material to process into raw material and new products. Giant staples in cardboard boxes break machinery; food grease gums up other machinery. Recyclable material which is dirty and contaminated will be thrown away and not recycled. It is important that we all do our part to make the recycling process work.
Old electronics are also collected and securely recycled. They may be set out on the curb with your trash and recycle bins, or you may bring them to the recycling center at 100 24th St. weekdays before 12:30pm.
Confused by plastics? Click here for a primer to understand the manufacture and recycling of plastic material.