Can recycling be taken out in a plastic bag?
Material recovery facilities prefer that recycling be collected with a paper bag. If plastic is used, it is recommended that the recyclables be emptied from the plastic bag when placed in the final recycling bin/dumpster for its pickup. The plastic bag in this case would either go to the trash, or to Cub Foods' plastic bag collection (if clean). Keeping plastic bags out of the main recycling stream avoids them getting caught in the sorting equipment, and avoids that entire bag being sent to the trash.

Learn more about Disposing of Plastic Bags.

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1. How does the recycling get sorted?
2. What's the deal with pop bottle caps?
3. Can I recycle paper and cardboard that include plastic, such as envelopes?
4. If it's single-sort, why are there still bins that say "cardboard only" or "cans only"?
5. Can recycling be taken out in a plastic bag?
6. What do I do with my shredded paper?
7. Are tennis ball containers recyclable?
8. How do I add recycling to an event?