In Orange County, each city may have a different trash hauler with differing instructions on what should or should not go into your home recycle bin. Most haulers list detailed recycling information on their website. Contact your waste hauler for specific instructions on the type of disposal dishes and utensils that can or can't be recycled. In most cases, these plastic items should be placed in the curbside trash bin. If paper plates and cups cannot be composted, they should be placed in the trash bin to avoid contamination of your recycle bin from food, liquids and grease.
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