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Casa Quickie: Rinsing Out the Recycling

I always rinse out my cans and bottles before I toss them in the recycling bin, but according to Ideal Bite, it's unnecessary. In fact, you'll be saving water if you don't rinse out your recyclables. The Ideal Bite team advises that you scrape out any peanut butter stuck in the jar, but any scouring beyond that is both excessive and unneeded. For more great green advice, check out Ideal Bite, or better yet, sign up for their online daily newsletter.

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munka munka 8 years
good to hear, but like a few others have said i hate the smell if they're lying around, and i'd worry about bugs in the summer too. i always yell at my flatmate for not rinsing them -- she's been right all along...
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
i think i'll keep rinsing a bit (not much) so that the food stuff doesn't smell so much when it is all out together in the back of the house. this will be especially bad in Summer when the bugs are out.
tkoblondee tkoblondee 8 years
I always worried about wasting water too!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Wow this habit will be hard to break!!
jasmint jasmint 8 years
Wow, good to know. I'm usually in the habit of doing this, but lately I've gotten lazy and have been feeling guilty about it. Glad I don't have to!
nancita nancita 8 years
I had no idea! I wash the hell outta these things. And the limes are especially difficult! Great to know.
bluecanary bluecanary 8 years
I'll keep rinsing, I'm afraid the residue would attract bugs! (we don't have weekly pick-up, so sometimes it's a while before we have enought to take it to the recycling center)
motherof3 motherof3 8 years
I only rinse out the milk jugs because they start to stink.
StayUpEarly StayUpEarly 8 years
I still rinse out my soda cans (when I have them) if not they become bee and wasp mangnets... not fun.
kmwerts kmwerts 8 years
You don't have to peel the labels off, either. It would be silly if they didn't have something in place to wash/remove paper, because one bad bottle would screw the whole process up. Here's how they do it to put your mind at ease: They basically shred *everything* so if it had a paper wrapper, it doesn't anymore. They then wash and dry all the shred very well, and then they sort it all out mechanically to make sure that what they have is what it's supposed to be.
joannakm joannakm 8 years
i am glad to hear this, but a little skeptical since it has been pounded into my head over the last few years that unless my recyclables are COMPLETELY clean they won't actually get recycled. it will take a little while to break this habit!
Daisie Daisie 8 years
Great news! I'm always rinsing things and thinking about the water waste. Thanks, Casa!
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