Recycling benefits us all! First it reduces our HOA TRASH COSTS! The more we can put into our recycling bins the lower the trash truck WEIGHT tipping fees at the dump.
Plus here in Montgomery County materials like paper, plastics and lumber that cannot be recycled, go to the Energy Co-Generating Plant in Dickerson.
There are a lot of carbon molecules in that trash and if properly combusted emissions can be less than traditional electricity power-generating plants.
So think about it before you throw. If it grew or grows its solid waste and should go into a composter or trash. If it did not grow or doesn't grow toss it into your recycling bin to be sorted for recycling or energy regeneration.