Lane County Waste Reduction Specialist Sarah Grimm says there are many items that get thrown in recycling that can’t be recycled, like paper cups and food containers.
And some items are illegal to throw away, like motor oil, appliances, and motor batteries.
She says knowing what goes where is important in reducing waste.
“With the complexity of the packaging we have in the world today, we need people to pay very close attention and only provide us with actual items we can use,” Grimm said.
To find out what can be recycled, click here or check the front of the Dex phone book.