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Posted on: September 20, 2018

Don't Wish-cycle, Recycle


Recycling has become so ingrained in our lifestyle habits that many of us are trying to recycle materials that we think are or might be recyclable, but which in fact are not. This is what is known as “Wish Cycling”, putting things in the recycling container that we HOPE are recyclable. An example of this might be to put a plastic toy in the recycling cart since plastic bottles are accepted in our program. Plastic toys end up contaminating the plastics and get thrown away after being separated for the other recyclables.

It is Time to Get Back to the Basics of Good Recycling

The fact is that some recycling actions make a bigger impact than others. Please remember these three basic rules the next time you recycle:

  1. Recycle all empty plastic bottles, cans, paper cartons, clean paper and cardboard boxes. See the list below for acceptable items.
  2. Remove food debris, liquid, plastic film and greasy or hazardous items from your recycling.
  3. Place recyclables directly in your cart. Do not bag them. Return plastic bags to a local grocer or retailer.

Go to for options.

In Blaine’s curbside recycling program we currently ONLY ACCEPT:

  • Paper (clean, staples OK): mail, office and school papers, magazines and catalogs, newspapers and inserts, phone books.
  • Boxes (flatten): cardboard, cereal, cracker and pasta boxes, shoe, gift and electronic boxes, toothpaste and other toiletry boxes, tissue boxes.
  • Plastic bottles and jugs (empty, rinse, caps on): water, soda and juice bottles, milk and juice jugs, ketchup and salad dressing bottles, dish soap bottles and detergent jugs, shampoo, soap and lotion bottles.
  • Metal (empty, labels OK): aluminum, tin, and steel food cans, beverage cans. Also aluminum clean foil.
  • Glass (empty, labels OK): food and beverage bottles and jars.
  • Cartons (empty, rinse): milk cartons, juice cartons, juice boxes, soup, broth and wine cartons.


Leave these out, since they...

  • Get tangled in or damage sorting equipment: plastic bags, ropes, hoses, shredded paper, chains, scrap metal, and other bulky items.
  • Harm workers: medical sharps, diapers, batteries, hazardous products.
  • Are not recyclable: foil drink pouches, chip bags, candy wrappers, dishes, vases, mirrors, plastic straws and utensils, refrigerator and freezer boxes, Styrofoam, pizza boxes, black food trays and egg cartons.

If you think something is recyclable and it is not on this list, please put it in your trash.

By keeping our recycling free of contaminants, we make it easier to sort and send to market, which keeps all of our costs down. 

When in doubt, throw it out.

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