Chicago’s official recycling site has issued a reminder notice that protective equipment related to the coronavirus outbreak is not recyclable.
Waste management crews have seen a surge in items like gloves, masks and gowns placed in recycling carts when they actually belong in the trash.
The disposable wipes, paper towels and tissues that people have been using to sanitize surfaces also are not recyclable, and never have been, according to the Recycle by City notice.
To-go food containers with the No. 6 label aren’t recyclable, nor is plastic serveware.