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Most often food packaging belongs in your recycling bin rather than your organics bin. There are some cases, however, where paper packaging gets too soiled to go in with clean paper for recycling. If you get curbside collection for food scraps, some soiled paper products can go into your curbside organics bin. If you are not sure if your community has a food scraps collection program, please contact the RCBC Recycling Hotline.
Here are some examples of soiled paper items accepted in curbside organics bins in communities that receive food scraps collection:
It is important to keep many items out of the organics or green bin to avoid costly contamination. Any packaging containing plastic, glass or metal does not go into the organics bin. Also, paper that is coated with plastic or foil is NOT accepted. Plastic coated paper includes coffee and cold drink cups, most types of paper plates, dairy or juice cartons, most paper to-go containers, and any paper packaging designed for the freezer or refrigerator. To determine if a paper is plastic-coated, look to see if it has a shiny surface especially where it comes into contact with food or liquids.
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