If your recycling bin is overflowing, the obvious solution is to try to flatten every can, tin and bottle so you can get more in. But this instinct should be avoided, because your recycler needs your recyclables to look as close to their original shape as possible. Sorting machines work based on recyclable dimensions. For example, cans and bottles are three-dimensional, and cardboard and paperboard are two-dimensional. If you flatten cans and plastic bottles, they can end up in the wrong recycling load. So if you must make a little more room, give your recyclables a very gentle squish.
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