Should I Put My Recyclables in a Bag? We get this question all of the time, so what is the answer? The answer to that question is a big “NO,” to bagging them.

The main reason most recycling centers ask that consumers not place their recyclables in bags is because loose bags get stuck in the machines that sort the recyclables.

When the bags get stuck, it causes the machine to jam and stop working. This obviously slows down the process and costs more money.

So how do you secure your recyclables in their bins so they don’t fall out into the street?

Loosely place them in your equipment, breakdown or cut up cardboard into smaller pieces and compress any plastic bottles to help make more room. Also, make sure your equipment has a lid to help keep recyclables in and animals out.