Is It Recyclable? 20 Questions to Test Your Recycling Smarts

Think you know what to toss in the blue bin? Test your knowledge with these recycling trivia questions.

We’ve all been there before. You’re cleaning and decluttering the house, only to find those old dead batteries in the junk drawer, or those unused plastic clothes hangers in the closet. You’re determined to throw these things away, but you stop and think: “Wait, are these recyclable?”

Sure, you know how to recycle, and perhaps you’ve upcycled a thing or two, but it can be tricky to figure out if anything is recyclable. Take batteries, for instance: They shouldn’t go in the trash, but can you throw them in your blue bin? Well, we have a fun (and educational) way to test your recycling knowledge: a recycling quiz.

This recycling quiz features 20 questions that ask if common household items, like aluminum foil and egg cartons, are recyclable—or if they should go in the compost bin instead. Keep in mind that while, technically, some of these items are recyclable, it doesn’t mean you should recycle them at home. You may have to bring them somewhere that specifically recycles those objects.

With that in mind, it’s time to put your recycling knowledge to the test. Best of luck!

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Kelly Kuehn
Kelly Kuehn is an associate editor for Reader’s Digest covering entertainment, trivia, and history. When she’s not writing you can find her watching the latest and greatest movies, listening to a true crime podcast (or two), blasting ‘90s music, and hiking with her dog, Ryker, throughout New England.