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?"
#heynext If someone throws non-recyclables in the recycling bin, does it ruin the whole batch? Have tried to find out from city to no avail.— MARIBETH NEELIS (@MaribethTherese) August 24, 2016
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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