You know recycling is good for the earth. About 50% of the 254 million tons of trash that’s thrown away could be recycled, yet only 34% makes it to the proper spot.

But just because separating your cans and bottles from your pizza crust feels good, it doesn’t mean everything you put in the recycling bin eventually gets reused. Some things that seem like they should be recycled wind up in the bin anyway. However well-intentioned, this wastes precious time and resources.

Wondering if your item belongs in the recycling bin or the trash? Read on to find out once and for all.

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