Denver, are we doing recycling wrong?

Next with Kyle Clark. 9NEWS at 6 p.m. 08/31/16.

DENVER - Next Question: Are we all doing recycling wrong?

Maribeth Neelis got our attention with the hashtag #HeyNext, and said, "If someone throws non-recyclables in the recycling bin, does it ruin the whole batch?"

So we asked the city's Public Works Department.

The short answer is no.

At the recycling center, sorting machines pull non-recyclable items off the line.

In Denver, about 5 percent of what people put in their bins doesn't belong, and is sorted out.

Out of pure curiosity, we also asked if a small amount of leftover food in a recycled container is OK.

The city says the sorting machine can detect dirty containers, but a small amount of leftover food is probably okay.

Have a question for us? Shoot us an email or get our attention on social media with hashtag #HeyNext.

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