Do I need to clean out my containers before recycling?

Please empty containers prior to recycling and rinse if any food residue remains. When dirty plastics come to the recycling center our staff has to pick out the dirty containers, and throw these contaminated items away. This is especially true with plastics, as contaminated loads are less valuable, and can even be rejected by buyers. With food containers such as plastic peanut butter jars and steel cans try using a spatula to get most of the gunk out. The containers don’t need to be perfect, just relatively clean.

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1. Can I recycle biodegradable/compostable products?
2. Can I recycle food containers (i.e. salad containers, berry containers) that are labeled Number 1?
3. Where can I recycle fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, cell phones and bear spray?
4. Can I recycle paperboard (cereal boxes, beer containers) or egg cartons?
5. Can I recycle plastic packaging and wrap?
6. Do I need to clean out my containers before recycling?
7. Do I need to destroy my files before recycling my computer?
8. Does Teton County recycle clothes?
9. How do I dispose of electronics? Do I have to pay?
10. How much is Jackson Hole recycling?
11. Is Jackson Community Recycling part of the county? Is it a non-profit?
12. What does the recycling logo mean on plastics?
13. Which costs more - recycling or sending trash to the landfill?
14. Why can’t I recycle number 3 through 7 plastics?
15. Why do I have to separate my recyclables?
16. Why do recycling practices differ from city to city?
17. Can I recycle pizza boxes?