The city of Vancouver is trying to improve its recycling process by teaching residents what not to do.
It held a class Tuesday on the do’s and don’ts of recycling.
For instance, plastic water bottles can be recycled with the caps on. But those caps must be screwed on tightly.
The city says another big mistake people make is throwing plastic bags in the recycling bin.
“What doesn’t belong in the cart, items like plastic bags and stretchy film wrap, tangly things that can cause a problem for our sorting process,” said Julie Gilbertson, solid waste analyst for the city of Vancouver.
The city says it often must stop its recycling machinery because bags have clogged it.
A good rule of thumb is if you have a doubt, either find out or throw it out.
If you’re interested in sorting it all out, the city is holding another class this Saturday at the Cascade Park Community Library, 600 NE 136th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98684.
You can sign up on the city of Vancouver’s website here.