Why can’t plastic lids be recycled?
Removing lids and placing them in the red bin is so important because if it’s left on a container, the liquid inside could weigh the container down. That can wreak havoc on automatic sorting machines.
It can also trap air, resulting in bottles getting baled together in the sorting process, as reported by Recycling Near You.
How clean do items need to be?
Luckily, you aren’t required to make items spotless before placing them in the recycling bin. However, it’s best to remove big chunks of food and to rinse cans and jars.
A helpful rule of thumb is to clean, squash and separate.
What is one of the worst mistakes people make?
Plastic bags do not - we repeat, DO NOT - belong anywhere near the recycling bin.
According to KS Environmental Group, it's the "biggest recycling mistake made by Australians."
It's bad because plastic contaminates the recycling load, and recycling facilities are not designed to handle plastic bags at all.
One last tip: Unless otherwise stated, you can't recycle takeaway coffee cups.
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