Single stream recycling is on the rise, but some residents across the U.S. don’t really know what can and cannot be recycling. In Nashville, Tenn., for example, residents are placing items like plastic bags, glass, food waste, mixed-material items and even some trash in the recycling bins, causing problems for materials recovery facilities.
Tune into the latest podcast episode of Curious Nashville to hear more about what really happens when non-recyclable items get placed in the recycling bin.
WPLN has more information:
For most people, recycling means placing an empty soda can or some scrap paper in a blue bin. They might take that bin to the curb or to a drop-off site. But beyond that, the process is mysterious, filled with arbitrary rules and a vague reassurance that we're doing the right thing for the environment.
So WPLN listener Mark McCaw, an avid recycler, asked us this question:
What happens if I put the wrong item in the recycling bin?
It's a simple question with a not-so-simple answer.