Before putting your plastic container, glass bottle, cardboard box and other recyclable items in the recycling bin, you should follow these steps.
- Rinse them out thoroughly
- Let them dry out a little
- Insert your item into the recycling bin without the cover or cap on
Also, in the winter time it is important to remove the snow from the cover of the bin otherwise it gets mixed up with the rest of the materials in the truck. This may seem trivial but on a larger scale it reduces the value of the recycled goods and the operating costs are therefore increased as a result.
Try and put your empty plastic bags all in one unique bag.
When bringing multiple items to your recycling bin, try not to put them all in a bag. Instead try using a smaller bin in your home in order to ensure that the items stay loose as opposed to bunched together. This simple action helps with the triage of the items at the main processing plant.
Never use black garbage bags for your recyclables because they are considered garage during the triage process and are automatically tossed out.