The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that about 75% of the waste produced in the US is recyclable; yet the actual recycling rate is only 34%.
And the average recycling contamination rate is 25%. It means that 1 in every 4 items thrown in the recycling bin is actually not recyclable.
Contamination has a huge impact on the cost and quality of recycling. Everything contaminated can not be recycled and becomes garbage.
So let's focus on what goes where and what you can recycle!