ByHaley Shapley

Nov 11, 2016

There’s no way around it: Recycling can be confusing. Given the fact that policies and procedures differ from municipality to municipality, it can be difficult to know what to trash and what to toss in the blue bin.

Junk removal service Junk King has put together an infographic to show what mistakes Americans often make when recycling, from thinking frozen food boxes are regular cardboard to not realizing glossy paper from magazines can be recycled to failing to take advantage of local programs. Check these out and see if you’ve fallen prey to any of these common recycling mistakes.


Infographic: Junk King

What recycling mistakes have you made in the past? 

By Haley Shapley

Haley Shapley is based in Seattle, where recycling is just as cool as Macklemore, walking in the rain without an umbrella, and eating locally sourced food. She writes for a wide range of publications, covering everything from sustainability to fitness to travel. Read more of her work here.