I've been trying real hard to recycle, but recently I've become dismayed to learn that a lot of times when I put something in the recycling bin, it's just going to end up in the trash. A lot of people who care about the environment and recycling probably do not realize this. For example, plastic bags. While they are certainly theoretically recyclable, the recycling workers will try to grab them off and throw them into the trash because they can clog up the conveyor belt, or get blown all over the place. A had an old pillow with a tag that said 100% polyester cover and filling. Polyester is the same exact material is PET plastic (like for example what your water bottles are made out of). But a worker is probably going to see this pillow, have no idea what it is, and throw it off because they think it's not recyclable. This huge lump of recyclable material is most likely going to end up in the trash. These minimum wage paid recycle workers can't be expected to know whether every item is recyclable or read all the little tags. Then glass. For a long time I was putting glass containers in my recycle bin, but recently I found they were just throwing these in the trash, and that they have a special bin downtown you have to go to to be able to drop off your glass recyclables. If you put them in the regular recycle bin, they will just end up being thrown in the trash. No one cares, and the problem here is never going to be solved.