PLEASE Don't Throw Plastic Bags in Your Recycling! They Cause Serious Problems

Our single stream recycling, where everything goes into one container, is very convenient for residents. All the sorting is done at the recycling center, using a combination of machines and people.

But there's one thing that really messes up the whole process — PLASTIC BAGS! So please don't put plastic bags of any kind into your recycling bin.

The Problem: This is what the sorting machine should look like, and what it looks like when it's fed too many plastic bags:

The recycling facility actually has to shut down the entire production line and have workers climb into the machinery with knives and saws to cut out the plastic.

Take a look at this video of the process at the recycling facility for the city of Chicago: