Food is a major contaminant with recyclable products. Food grease does not pose as big an impediment with plastic, glass and metal, since heat is used in the recycling process. However, food grease creates big problems with paper product recycling. The recycle process adds water to the paper products to create a slurry, and food grease creates a surface layer of oil. Paper fibers can not be separated from oil during the pulping process, so basically it all becomes trash. Or, if the oil remains in the pulp batch, the resulting recycled paper often has stains or holes in it. This is why you can’t recycle used paper plates, used paper towels, or used paper napkins.
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