A LOT depends on how your recycling company works. For many years, my municipal recycling co. only took plastics with certain PET (something like that) numbers on them, newspapers had to be bound by twine or in a paper grocery bag, glossy magazine (including those that came in the Sunday papers) went into a separate paper bag, all glass went into another, cans went into another. Now, we just dump them all into the bin and the recycling co. does the sorting. Food stuff goes into the compost bin (and you can also put plain, non-adulterated paper, paper egg cartons--anything that will compost. Everything else goes into landfill trash. At the plant, the recycling collected goes onto conveyor belts and the employees sort through real fast picking out plastics, picking out glass, etc. and making big piles (kind of forklift trucks come by when the piles get high and haul it away. If you rent a dumpster, you just dump anything (except toxins like paint or oils or acids or like that) in the box and the trash company sorts through it all, any clothing or housewears that are still usable get sent to charities, etc. Way back when we had to the sorting, the trash company would actually rebate money each month to the subscribers (we who paid for trash pick up), it wasn't more than a few bucks but it encouraged us. Now though, you pay for the trash bin pick up, the compost pick up, the recycling pick up--a minimum of 3 cans no matter what, even if you don't make any garbage you have to pay. Kind of monopoly and it feels very...Mafia. Of course, no one who decided about all this trash stuff didn't take into consideration that it increases the vermin problems. We've never had so many flies in the warmer weather. We also had to install doors so the raccoons, opossums and other critters. I think all this recycling is good and right, but someone(s) is making a lot of money off our backs and that feels all wrong.