Things you thought you could recycle, but actually can't

Most lids -
Most lids and caps on water bottles, soda bottles, and detergent bottles are made from polypropylene, which can't be recycled.

Plastic straws and utensils -
Plastic utensils and straws are some of the worst products you can buy. Made from polystyrene, a type of plastic, you can't recycle them. 

Bubble wrap -
The kind of plastic that bubble wrap is made from can't be recycled. This is because the thin film can tangle in recycling machines.

Tissue boxes -
Tissue boxes are made out of cardboard, so they can be recycled alongside larger cardboard packages. But don't forget to remove the plastic insert!

Greasy takeaway pizza boxes -
If the box is too greasy or contaminated with food waste, such as cheese stuck to the lid, then it can’t be recycled.

Wire hangers -
Most recycling centers don't have the capability to recycle wire. However, most dry cleaners and thrift stores will gladly take them off your hands.

Soft plastic packaging - Soft plastic packaging is usually found on bagged salads, snack wrappers, and candy wrappers. As they're not recyclable, it's better to just toss them in the trash.

Styrofoam and polystyrene containers - Styrofoam and polystyrene containers, such as certain egg cartons, fast food takeout boxes, and coffee cups, aren't recyclable.

Plastic toys -
Plastic toys are made of a variety of plastics, so recycling them is a no-no. Instead, consider handing them over to thrift stores, shelters, and daycare centers.

Packing peanuts -
Packing peanuts are made of expanded polystyrene and therefore can't be recycled. Rather than throwing them away, consider reusing them.

Windows and mirrors -
While almost all glass jars and containers are recyclable, not all glass is created equal. The coating used to make these reflective isn't recyclable. 

Batteries -
Single-use batteries, car batteries, and rechargeable batteries can be recycled at many locations, but not in your curbside bin.

Expired and unused medicines -
These are another big recycling no-no. Your best bet is going to a pharmacy to safely dispose of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

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