Liquids Are a Mess for Recycling July 9, 2017 Email 7-9-2017 We’ve all seen people toss half-full bottles into recycling bins, but is this really OK? No. Liquids are bad for the recycling process because most recyclables end up mixing together. When liquids come into contact with paper products, the paper fibers become damaged and impossible to reuse. Liquids also make recycling loads heavier and more expensive to haul, and they create big messes when they spill on the sorting line. So what should you do? Dump out any liquids from your containers. If they’re really wet, try to let them dry before adding them to your other recyclables. That way, any paper they come into contact with will stay dry, too.