Hidden plastics can also dirty-up the recycling stream. With the best of intentions, many of us have participated in “wish cycling,” or tossing an item we aren’t sure is recyclable into the recycling bin anyway, in hopes that it is. But when non-recyclable items end up in the recycling stream, it causes contamination; an overly-contaminated stream can end up in the landfill.

Keep plastic-coated paper and foam items out of the recycling bin to reduce contamination and make sure the “cycle” stays in recycle.