Recycle, Compost Or Throw Away? That Is The Question

September 1, 2021 By Diego Herrera

Once you have decided to do your part and take care of the planet, you notice there are many details you should know. The products we use every day may not be suitable for recycling. That’s why we are showing you a few products that are hard to classify and, if not handled properly, can do more harm than good on the environmental mission.

Should it be recycled, composted or thrown away?


Only when the cloth does not contain mixed materials. That means it must be 100% cotton, nylon, polyester or wool, without any combination (as in much of the denim and elastic textiles). This article shows you a few suggestions.

Believe it or not, this should not be recycled:

Aerosol cans:

Their high content of chemical products makes them totally unadvisable to include in the materials to be recycled in general.

Food residue on paper:Although paper can be recycled, certain types are inconvenient. Used napkins, wet paper or, very importantly, excessively greasy pizza boxes should not be placed in the recycling bin because of their contamination risk.

Medical waste and hygiene products:

Diapers, pads and or hygiene products are not suitable for recycling. The same applies to used medical supplies, such as face masks, syringes, etc.


You have to recycle these because they pollute, but at the precise location your city has designated for this purpose.

They seem compostable, but they’re not!

Cooking oil:

Oils used in the kitchen will attract insects and will also alter the humidity of compost, so this should always be avoided.

Bread and derivatives:

Sweets, pastas and practically any baked good will be like opening a privileged doorway for pests to enter your compost.

Citric fruits.

Although they are harmless in small amounts, it is important to make sure there aren’t many citric fruits together because they can ruin the compost’s PH level.


Not raw or cooked in any way. Rice in your compost will attract all types of bacteria.

Remember that the PerSus app will help you with practical information, such as this one, so you can also contribute your grain of sand. Read about my experience.