Please empty containers prior to recycling and rinse if any food residue remains. When dirty plastics come to the recycling center our staff has to pick out the dirty containers, and throw these contaminated items away. This is especially true with plastics, as contaminated loads are less valuable, and can even be rejected by buyers. With food containers such as plastic peanut butter jars and steel cans try using a spatula to get most of the gunk out. The containers don’t need to be perfect, just relatively clean.