How Clean is Clean Enough?

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The last bit of peanut butter is stuck in the jar and refuses to let loose...Is it clean enough to recycle?

YES! Although squeaky-clean plastic and metal containers are preferred, clean enough is good enough.

So, what does "clean enough" mean for recycling? It means we still want those recyclable items that are difficult to clean, like peanut butter jars, laundry detergent bottles, and shampoo bottles, even if they aren't sparkling clean.

A little residue is okay as long as there aren't gobs of product still in the container (use it all up first).

Here are "clean enough" guidelines for preparing some common household items for recycling:

  • Scrape as much of the peanut butter out of the jar as you can.
  • Squeeze all the ketchup or ranch dressing out of the bottle; then, give it a quick rinse.
  • Use up all the shampoo before tossing it in the recycling bin.

Remember - a little residue on the container is okay as long as all the food has been used up.

 Don't stress - mostly clean is clean enough to be Recycled Right in Plano.