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Packaging Is Confusing

One of the biggest barriers for my recycling is when I have something I'm ready to dispose of, walk to the garbage area and hesitate to know whether it should go in the trash or recycling.

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So I'm walking up to the garbage and recycling bins, holding a bag of chips with paper and plastic on it. What do I do? The paper is recyclable, I know, but what about the plastic? It is very confusing. There are so many types of materials out there that I just never know. In that moment of hesitation I never know, do I assume it is recyclable or will that mess up all of the other stuff in the whole recycling truck if I put a bad apple in there. 

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