What you can recycle may differ from one municipality to another. Some allow black clam shell plastic from takeout/ready made meals others do not.
Simply not cleaning a peanut butter jar before putting it in the blue box makes it contaminated and non recyclable. This among other reasons are costing millions of dollars every year in processing surcharges.
Check with your local waste dept.
While most people pay little mind to what happens after the truck picks up their recyclables. In Toronto, the reality is big business and revenues are increasingly in jeopardy.
The report to Toronto’s public works committee notes an additional $4 million in processing fees will be paid to Canada Fibers Ltd. under the current agreement, should the contamination rate surpass 27 per cent in 2018.
China is the world’s largest market for recycled material. In July 2017, Beijing’s Ministry of Environmental Protection told the World Trade Organization that it intends to ban 24 types of waste and impose strict contamination limits on other materials. Under the proposed rules, contaminated recyclables can only account for 0.5 per cent.