Industry standards have changed and material recycling facilities – the private companies that sort your recyclables - are now able to handle PLASTIC bottle caps in their operations. Plastic caps can now go in the blue bin, providing they are attached to the bottles. Loose caps end up as trash, even if you put them in your blue bin. But, if you make sure they stay on the bottle, you ensure they don’t fall through the cracks, so to speak. The bottle and caps are handled together, as one item, and they both get recycled.

METAL bottle caps or METAL lids go in the trash - not in your blue bin. When they make their way to the local Waste-to-Energy Facility they are collected by an industrial magnet and recycled. So, even though they are not going into your blue bin they are still getting recycled.

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