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WKSU, NPR and its affiliates all across the country have done some tremendous reporting covering the challenges facing communities and how they recycle. It includes this great app that NPR put together visually answering the questions about the different types of plastic.

Cleveland to Fine Residents for Improper Recycling

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Items that should be recycled include clean metal cans, cartons, paper, cardboard, glass bottles and plastic jugs.

Cleveland residents who don't follow the rules for recycling will be fined starting Wednesday. 

Diane Bickett is the Executive Director of the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, which provides information on the do’s and don’ts of recycling. She said the entire county is dealing with issues related to improper recycling.

“What we hear from the facilities that have to sort this material out is about one in every four items that people throw in their recycling carts are not recyclable. That material has to be sorted out and landfilled and that costs money,” Bickett said.

Items that should be recycled include clean metal cans, cartons, paper, cardboard, glass bottles and plastic jugs, she said.