What is wishful recycling?

Wishful recycling is the term used to describe placing unsuitable items in the recycle cart in hopes that it will be recycled. These items often contaminate the recycling stream and cause suitable material to be landfilled. One example is placing a greasy pizza box in the recycle cart. Although the box is made of cardboard, the grease it contains can contaminate surrounding items that would have otherwise been recycled.

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1. What is recycling and is it the best option?
2. What happens after my recyclables are collected?
3. What happens to materials that aren’t recyclable?
4. What is wishful recycling?
5. What do I do with my plastic bags?
6. What is “China National Sword”?
7. Why do I have to clean my recyclables?
8. What does the recycling symbol on plastic products mean?