Washing Containers Before Recycling 💧: Is rinsing recyclables always needed? We take a look in this blog.


Day by day, the Christmas holiday fastly approaches. Food and drinks bought will be consumed by the merry family and friends. Christmas, after all, is about giving, receiving, and most importantly, spending time with your loved ones.


But after all of that comes the most gruesome part: the cleaning up period. Tipsy as you are because of the alcohol, the next day should make you focus on tidying up your house the moment your visitors make their leave. Sweeping, mopping, throwing – those are the things you will be typically doing.


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Among all of the tasks mentioned, you will surely also include sorting waste. The recyclables go in their respective recycling bin while non-recyclables typically go in the general waste bin. Wastes that go in the recycling bin include plastic bottles and containers, aluminium, steel, paper and cardboard, and others.


Now comes the main question: should we be washing the containers before recycling? Rinsing recyclables is a common notion if you think about it. Let us discuss in this blog.


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Should you be washing your containers before recycling?


Now, to rinse or not to rinse? That is the question you have in mind. Pizza boxes stained with grease, sticky yogurt containers, and soda bottles with liquids still inside are just some of the recyclable containers you have to consider rinsing.


And, adding to that question, should container cleaning involve the ol’ soap and sponge before recycling? One would think that is overkill. Let us see!


Recyclable bottles, cans, and jars of all types


Containers like bottles, cans, and jars will usually have residue left after consumption. Before chucking them down the bin, give them a little bit of cleaning first. No need to take out your liquid soap and sponge to clean these containers. Filling them with water and shaking the containers will do just fine.


After that, make sure the bottles, cans, and jars have no signs of the residue left inside. Let them dry before finally disposing of them in the recycling bin.


Conversely, if the residue left inside of those containers are a bit sticky like those of caramel candies, tropical mangoes, or gum, then that is a different story. Bust out the dish soap and sponge and start rinsing the containers thoroughly!


You also have to make sure to check if the residue is no more in the containers. After that, let them dry and throw them in the bin.


How about washing paper product containers before recycling?


Take out food like pizza, onion rings, burgers, and doughnuts are usually packaged in paper and cardboard boxes. And, as we all know, materials made of paper and cardboard are very much recyclable. However, is this still the case with greasy oils sticking in the boxes due to the said foods?


The answer is typically no. As much as possible, do not bother washing food box or containers, much less recycle it. However, note that some places in Australia such as in Onkaparinga, Adelaide, you can recycle your pizza boxes, with or without grease. The same goes for other types of paper packaging with greasy food like fish and chips. Just make sure to clear out the food contents. In the case that the food is stuck to the packaging, it is best to put it in the organic waste bin.


If your paper and cardboard materials do not have grease on it, then better! You can go ahead and just clean out the contents before recycling. Broken down or not, clean paper and cardboard are still pretty much recyclable.


Plastic containers


What about plastic bags? Should we be washing these type of containers before recycling them?


You can also lump them in with bottles, cans, and jars. Clear the contents before chucking them in the bin. If in case the plastics were used to store food or the likes, then rinsing the recyclables is best. After that, make sure not to dispose of them when wet. Let them dry first before their disposal.


Always remember to let all the mentioned above dry as it might ruin the recycling process in the facilities.

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After washing containers before recycling, of course, you want them to be handled by the best of the best waste management companies there is in Australia. There is not much point if it does not get recycled properly, in the end.


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Conclusion on washing your containers before recycling


Preferably, you should clean your recyclables before disposing of them in the recycling bin. Always make sure to remove them of their contents. Additionally, if they have sticky or greasy substances, thoroughly wash them with dish soap and water. As for paper and cardboard products, it is best to throw them in the rubbish bin if they are contaminated with grease or the likes. Paper and cardboard materials should be clean before recycling.


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