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Renee, can you confirm what this article says???
Megan, can I? Ha, you know I can!
Mesh bags – not recyclable, but can be used to help turn a regular sponge into a scratchy one
Plastic clam shell containers – yes and no. Plastic ones, like the one with strawberries, are definitely recyclable. Foam ones are not. The fiber/paper ones are not, but you can compost them. There should never be food waste on them!
Tetra Pak containers – nope.
Plastic TV dinner trays – yes, put them in your plastic recycling.
Cereal box liners – nada.
Bags for salads and mixed greens – no ma’am.
Plastic packaging for fresh fruits and vegetables – negative.
Keurig coffee cartridges – no and STOP USING THEM!!!
Unattached bottle caps – please recycle them attached to their bottles.
Compostable bioplastics – not recyclable and fairly unlikely to compost in a home compost pile.
Boxes made of different materials – if the window is small, like the little spaghetti peek-a-boo box, then it’s fine! A box with large windows, like for donuts or a cake, should not go in the recycling.
Juice boxes and pouches – not in curbside, but check out the Terracycle Drink Pouch Brigade.
Chip bags – again, not in curbside, but Terracycle has a Brigade for that too.
Coffee cup lids – not really, but if it makes you feel better about not using a reusable mug, then you can put it in the bin. It won’t hurt anything.
Straws and plastic mixers – NO! And please start asking for “no straw.” Jim Poyser of Earth Charter Indiana recently made a strawbale (as in a bale made of actual straws) that encouraged Pizzology to change their policy on straws – they not longer put them in every drink and only offer them on request.