My Wishcycling Conundrum

Like many people, I try. I try to recycle. I don’t want to throw things in a landfill so I place everything that is allowed in my single stream recycling bin once every two weeks. Recently I found out that only 14% of our trash is recycled in my county and that we have a terrible ‘wishcycling’ and cart contamination problem.

Every day we collect items from businesses that are sold in containers that are ‘not allowed’ in our single stream recycling. Here are just a few containers we picked up in the last month.

What am I supposed to do with these items? I just wish these products were packaged in different materials in the first place. There is much more that we could do to encourage businesses to choose better packaging.