FALSE! – According to the Association of Plastic Recyclers, in the past, the plastics recycling industry couldn’t effectively recycle bottles with caps on them. Hence, recyclers told everyone to remove the caps before recycling. Since then, the collection and processing technology has improved. We can now leave the caps on plastic bottles, and we’re encouraged to do so!
The best thing you can do to combat zombie recycling myths is to contact your local recycling authority. They will tell you exactly what’s fact and what’s fiction in their facility. If you need help finding your local recycling program, this list of Texas Residential Recycling Programs should help you. You can find out even more about what should and shouldn’t go into your recycling bin by reading some of the other stories on our blog, such as “Pizza Boxes and Other Recycling Mysteries” or by ordering our free publications.