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You Shouldn't Recycle Pizza Boxes After All

05/05/2015 04:35 pm ET | Updated May 05, 2015

Recycling is good for the environment, unless you're recycling the wrong things -- like pizza boxes. According to The Atlantic's CityLab, that's one thing you're going to have to throw out. The truth is in the cheese.

Darby Hoover, a senior resource specialist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, told The Atlantic that the box "ends up suffering the most from getting mixed with other materials." So all that leftover cheese grease soaking into the cardboard means the box is just not a good candidate for recycling.

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While it's disappointing to throw out that darn pizza box, relieve some guilt and reduce your waste with these four tips for reusing your trash:

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