There are some things that seemingly can be recycled, taking into consideration their base material. Let’s see some of these so that you know where to dispose them.

Wet paper

Paper fibers shrink when wet. This makes them less useful in the process and can’t therefore be selected from the machines for recycling and processing.

Wet paper

Wet paper

Pizza boxes

It is a cardboard box. Seemingly, then, it is recyclable. What makes is non- recyclable is that it has food residues and grease. In a similar cases in plastic bottles or aluminum cans can be removed with a rinse but this can’t happen with these boxes. Disposing such an object that is impregnated with oil will cause a sludge mass in the recycling process.

Pizza boxes

Pizza boxes

Juice cartons

Check the carton if your juice has been specially processed for recycling. If not, you must throw it away in the conventional bucket. The plastic coating for a large part of the carton makes them unsuitable for recycling.

Juice cartons

Juice cartons

Foam

It a petroleum product and highly flammable. It is considered especially dangerous for most recycling centers.

Foam

Foam

Iron hangers

Most recycling centers do not recycle wire. However experts say it can be used by some local laundry as an alternative or used by a metal dealer.

Iron hangers

Iron hangers

Plastic bags

When recycling bins don’t have an automatic separation feature, workers can not open the plastic bags to see what they contain. It is not effective and at the same time, it is dangerous. For this reason, they just throw them in the trash.

Plastic bags

Plastic bags

Ceramics

Many would think that an old cup of coffee can be recycled. This is not true as the material from which it is made is not easily recycled along with the glass.

Happy ceramics

Happy ceramics

Napkins

They are used for cleaning, so food residues make them useless for recycling.

Napkins

Napkins

Brightly painted paper

When recycled, this kind of paper gives off intense heat. So anything that has strong chemical paint acts as a catalyst and does not provide the best result in the entire process. Therefore many paper mills will not have the proper performance of recycling with such paper.

Brightly coloured paper

Brightly coloured paper

By +Nikos Kontorigas

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