Do Paper Labels Need to be Removed from Plastic Jars?
It’s admirable for anybody to do everything they can to help the environment and prevent unnecessary wastage. Still, those who are just starting to do so may have a few questions. One of the most common questions is, do paper labels need to be removed from plastic jars?
What Paper Labels Are We Talking About?
You’ll find these paper labels on cans, bottles, and jars, but sometimes, they are not clear about whether or not they affect the recycling process. Sometimes, recycling organisations consider any packaging to be contaminated if they have something that isn’t recycled, and this can waste resources, which is the opposite of what we want.
Do You Need to Remove Them From Food Packaging?
The good news is that there is no need to remove the label before discarding of a can, bottle, or jar. The recycling process is designed to include a heating process that burns away remaining paper and melts away the adhesive glue.
What Do I Need to Do?
Even though paper labels are suitable for throwing in without removing them, there are other things you need to do to avoid contaminating the process.
Wash out the containers
Scrape or pour out leftover food
Crush metal cans
Squeeze plastic bottles flat
Disassemble cardboard boxes
Remove caps and lid
Remove paper clips, staples, and envelope windows from paper
A More Sustainable Earth
Next time you are sorting your recycling, there’s no need to waste time picking the label off, so feel free to throw it in with the rest of the recycling and focus more on other avenues that can lead us to a more sustainable earth. Check out some of our past posts to help you in your day-to-day life.