Does it take more energy to recycle something if its not washed before it goes into the recycling container?



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    Probably not. Most food waste is burned off by the melting-down process, and many containers are rinsed at the facility. However, it all depends on who’s handling your recyclables…if your recyclables are moldy and unsanitary, the person collecting them or handling them at the facility might just toss them in with the trash rather than deal with them.

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    Although many source recommend cleaning plastics and glass bottles before recycling, it is unclear just how helpful it really is. These materials end up getting filtered and washed anyway during the recycling process. This may help the sorting process if it makes it easier to find the plastic identification code or sort glass by color, although minor remains of contents should not affect this.

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