You’re walking through the mall with a can of soda in your hand. There’s still a tiny bit of drink left, but you’ve had enough and you decide to toss it.
You see a green recycling bin and think to yourself, “I can throw it here since it’s recyclable.” So you do.
Although your heart was in the right place, your knowledge about recycling left a little bit to be desired. You are what is known as an aspirational recycler. You put trash in the recycle bins, thinking they belong there when they actually don’t. You actually may beharming, rather than helping, recycling efforts.
WHY IT’S WRONG
An aspirational recycler throws something into the recycling bin, hoping that someone will sort it out later. Unfortunately, doing that can cause problems at the recycling facility. For example:
TRASH THESE NOW
Some items which you definitelyshouldn'trecycle arewax-coated coffee cups,greasy food containers,plastic bags,batteries and electronics,heat-treated glass,cutlery, hangers, medicine bottles,aerosol cans,shredded paper, fireworks or flares,needles, cables, wires,rubber, andyard waste.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
It’s a great idea to recycle, but if you’re not sure about what you’re throwing into the recycling bin, do a little more research first. In the meantime, focus on reducing your waste output and reusing what you can in your home. Every little bit helps our planet.