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Bottle caps can be left on the container and placed in your blue bag. Recycling technologies have improved and keeping the lid on is no longer an issue. Essentially, the two components are separated naturally in a process referred to as a water bath. The bottles float and the caps sink, making it easy to separate the two materials.
On the other hand, removing the caps can cause them to be improperly sorted early on in the recycling process. Because of their small size, individual caps are often sorted into piles of landfill-bound waste.
It is extremely important to prepare items correctly before placing them in your blue bags. This means:
Even though the manufacture puts a recycling symbol on most styrofoam packaging it doesn’t mean that it is acceptable in the City’s program. We cannot take any styrofoam for the following reasons: