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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 11: A local recycling scheme is signposted at the Matakana Famers Market in Matakana October 11, 2008 near Auckland, New Zealand. Farmers markets in New Zealand are rapidly growing in popularity as people seek more healthy, fresh and nutritious alternatives to supermarket food. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

With everything else going on in the world in 2020, the least I can do it my best to recycle.

I try my best to recycle, but I’ll be honest, sometimes I get confused about what is or isn’t recyclable. I know I can’t be the only one.

Here are some common mistakes people make while recycling:


  • If there is food on it, it cannot be recycled (that includes pizza boxes)
  • Plastic tops may not be recyclable
    • while this one depends on where you live, your better safe than sorry removing plastic caps and throwing them away.
  • Coffee Cups are not recyclable.
  • Wine glasses are not recyclable.
  • Wrapping paper is not recyclable.
  • Batteries cannot be recycled.
  • Plastic shopping bags cannot be recycled.