Removing labels fro...

Removing labels from recyclable plastic.. Must I?  


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27/10/2018 5:03 pm  

Is it really necessary to remove paper labels from plastic bags before recycling them? I've been trying to do this, but it seems impossible at worst, and time consuming at best. 

If I have to do this, what is the best/quickest way? So far, I haven't been able to successfully remove all of a paper label from even one bag...

Thank you.

Mitch Ratcliffe
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27/10/2018 5:25 pm  

Hi -- thanks for asking. In general, no, you don't need to remove paper labels from plastic bags and bottles.

It's necessary in some cities to remove a paper label from a plastic container, such as a jar, but with a label on a plastic bag -- assuming you are describing a thin plastic, like a grocery or produce bag -- it makes more sense to tear the part of the bag with the label off and recycle the rest. 

The time, vinegar, and results don't add up to justify removing a label when you can tear the paper-contaminated out and recycle the rest.

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Mitch Ratcliffe

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31/10/2018 7:12 am  

i think its a real good