Is my recycling really being recycled?
July 20, 2010 1:50 PM Subscribe
How is it possible that paper is not hopelessly contaminated in single-stream recycling?
posted by purpleclover to home & garden (4 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
is going to a single-stream recycling system soon. I don't understand how any usable paper is retrieved from bins that are full of drips of salad dressing and beer from bottles, dampened by rain, etc. I found this Recycling Today article
from 2002 that talks about broken glass being a significant contaminant, but 2002 was a long time ago. Is it any better now? Or are we just feeling eco-virtuous but secretly sending our paper off to a landfill?