If you've ever put something in the recycling bin just because it seemed recyclable, you're not alone. There are many things that look recyclable but they actually slow down the recycling process and can contaminate other items.
Last year alone, "CRI", or "Curbside Recycling Indefinitely" of Grand Junction recycled 3.5 million pounds of waste and that was just the good stuff.
It's a full time job sorting out what people throw in their bins because there are many items that look recyclable but aren't. "A contaminate for the paperboard would be your waxy frozen food boxes, you can see the there's a wax coating on the box so you want to keep those out," says Cyndi Albers of CRI. These boxes are made of recyclable cardboard but the coating prevents the fibers from breaking up.
Most of your everyday plastics can be recycled, but there are exceptions. "We only take plastic number 1 & 2" says Albers.
The number is stamped on the bottom of container and remember to remove and throw away bottle caps before you recycle and don’t forget to rinse.
Plastic grocery bags also cannot be recycled and need to be returned to the store for collection. Curbside Recycling is expanding and with your help, hopefully someday recycling will out–weigh the waste. "We'll be able to do nine million pounds in the future," says Albers.
Click on the link below for a full list of items to recycle.