Do recyclables really need to be cleaned before they’re put in a blue bag?

Yes. We ask that you scrape off any dirt and rinse for a few seconds so that it's clean enough to not drip/contaminate other items in the blue bag.

For aluminum foil, scrape excess food waste off and fold so as to keep clean side out. The little food waste that remains in the foil is not a concern.

For plastic jars like peanut butter jars we ask that you empty the jar and scrape out the excess material. Add a bit off water, close the top and shake for a few seconds and then empty water. What that remains in the jar is not a concern for us.

Paper plates are to be scraped, rinsed and put in the blue bag.

Pizza boxes are to be emptied, scraped clean and put in blue bag.