Can I Recycle My Beer Bottles With Limes Inside?

beer-with-lime-in-the-bottleYou crack open an ice cold beer, add a lime to it, and turn it upside down so the beer engulfs the flavor of the lime. Now you can enjoy yourself!

Once you’re done with it, do you have to remove the lime before it goes into the recycling bin — or does this lime now make it un-recyclable?

Don’t worry… we’ve got the answer for you!

What to Do When You Recycle

When you place a glass or plastic container into the recycling bin, it should be as empty as possible. Therefore…

  • If there’s any residue in the container, wash it out.
  • If there’s any liquid in the container, pour it out.
  • If there’s a lid or cap on the container, take it off.

Doing all of the above will help increase the efficiency of your local recycling service.

The Truth About Beer Bottles

There are certain beers that taste better when you add a lime to them (or in some cases a lemon or a slice of orange). When you shove this fruit into the bottle, your ability to remove it is next to impossible — without breaking the bottle.

However, you CAN recycle your empty beer bottles with the lime still inside.

(Yes! The answer you’ve been looking for!)

How is This Possible?

When glass containers are sorted, they’ll be placed in a glass-cleaning facility where the glass will be cleaned, crushed, and other materials will be removed. These facilities can handle removing your garnish of fruit for you.

We also want to keep things real with you (because that’s what we do)…

If being extremely strict with your recycling is going to prevent you from doing it as much, then we WANT you to place your lime-filled beer bottles into your recycling bin. As long as you do your best to recycle (while following the guidelines in the bullet points above), then everything will be just fine!

At RWS, our goal isn’t just to haul away your recycling and trash — it’s to also answer all of your questions and educate you on the best practices.

So if you have any questions at any point in time, pick up the phone and give us a ring. We’ll be happy to help you AND the environment!


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