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Dead Animals, Pizza Boxes and Peanut Butter Jars Found in Kansas Recycling Bins

A local recycling center employee believes these items are making it into recycling bins because recycling centers often accept different items.

Kansas City, Kan., residents are placing non-recyclable items in their recycling bins, such as animal carcasses, pizza boxes, bottle caps, prescription bottles, aluminum foil, wrapping paper and peanut butter jars. And a local recycling center employee believes these items are making it into recycling bins because recycling centers often accept different items.  

Kansas City residents can gain a better understanding about which items are recyclable by visiting RecycleSpot.org. Additionally, residents can soon turn to the How2Recycle label for help. Backed by Wal-Mart, the label will include information on items’ recyclability.

The Kansas City Star has more details:

Matt Batliner knows what to expect every deer and duck season — carcasses at his recycling center.

“I have no idea why somebody would think this is recyclable,” said Batliner, whose family owns one of three centers that take in what Kansas City area residents put in their curbside bins.

“I’m looking at my non-acceptable items list: plastic shopping bags, food scraps, yard waste. ‘Dead animals’ is right on there.”
Seems area consumers could use a refresher course on what goes in the recycle bin.

Read the full story here.

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