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Debunking Recycling Myths: Separating Fact from Fiction

Date Published: 22/03/2023
Author: Widdington Recycling Staff

Recycling has been around for many years and is a way of life for many people. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of misconceptions about recycling that leave people with questions. Do plastic bags really get recycled? Can broken glass be recycled? Is there really any point in recycling at all? In this blog, we will look at some of the most common myths surrounding recycling, and discuss the facts that can help you understand the importance of recycling and how to do it correctly.

Myth 1: Plastic Bags Don’t Get Recycled

Fact: Plastic bags can be recycled, but they must be cleaned and put into special bins provided by your local recycling center. Plastic bags cannot be put in your curbside bin because they can jam up the sorting machines used by processing facilities, so clean them and take them to a store or drop-off location instead.

Myth 2: Glass Cannot Be Recycled

Fact: Broken glass bottles and jars can actually be recycled! Just make sure to rinse them out first and sort them into their respective colors (green, brown, clear). This makes it easier for the sorting processes used by recyclers. If you have large pieces of broken glass, like mirrors or window panes, these cannot typically be recycled so check with your local recycler before attempting to recycle them.

Myth 3: It Does Not Matter What You Put in Your Curbside Bin

Fact: Wrong materials placed in your curbside bin can contaminate an entire batch of recyclables which could end up being sent to landfill instead. Make sure you know what materials are accepted in your local area before putting anything out for collection. Examples include paper products such as cardboard boxes, newspapers and magazines; aluminum cans; plastic bottles; glass containers; and steel cans.

As you have seen from this blog post, there are a lot of myths surrounding recycling that need to be debunked! By understanding the facts about what materials can actually be recycled and how to properly prepare them for collection, you will make sure that your efforts are helping to protect our environment rather than causing any harm. So next time you’re unsure about whether something is actually recyclable or not – make sure you do your research first! A little bit of effort now could go a long way towards protecting our planet’s future!