Somewhere in all those rules it indeed said you're supposed to thoroughly wash your trash before you send it off to recycle.
Yes, recycle-aholics can be super annoying. We're proud of them that they refuse to use #3 plastics because the local recycling people won't accept them. We love that they drive a Smart Car because it's better for the environment. We don't, however, appreciate their disapproving stares as we toss our water bottles in the regular trash.
Recycling is, after all, a lot of work. Ridiculous work. Most workplaces don't provide recycle bins at your desk and you may not even have curbside recycling at your home, requiring you collect your trash and drive it somewhere to do the right thing.
Then there's the occasional Facebook post,reminding you that something you're doing is bad for the environment. Most recently for me was an attack on Keurig coffee makers. They're supposedly bad for the environment.
Perhaps those K-Cups would wrap around the earth 10.5 times. However, there are recyclable K-Cups, including the ones I buy (mostly because I love their crazy flavors!):
In addition, you can buy reusable K-Cup filters, toss the coffee out, and refill them. I told the recycle nuts that on Facebook, but they just wanted to keep shouting at everyone that Keurigs are evil. EVIL, I tell you!
All that shouting just makes me want to brew a cup of peanut butter and jelly coffee, kick back, and scroll to the next comment on my Facebook newsfeed!
Do you recycle? Do you follow all the rules?