non·​re·​cy·​cla·​ble | \ ˌnän-(ˌ)rē-ˈsī-k(ə-)lə-bəl How to pronounce nonrecyclable (audio) \

Definition of nonrecyclable

: incapable of being recycled nonrecyclable plastic bags the disposal of nonrecyclable waste

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Other Words from nonrecyclable

nonrecyclable noun, plural nonrecyclables
separates the recyclables from the nonrecyclables

Examples of nonrecyclable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Every poll worker in Hardin County is receiving gloves, masks and face shields, and as much as possible, is using nonrecyclable items. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, "ProPublica’s Electionland: The State of Election Day 2020," 3 Nov. 2020 The bills were designed to phase out some of the most commonly nonrecyclable plastics: flimsy single-use packaging and items such as cups and utensils. Dustin Gardiner,, "Plastic waste cuts probably headed to California ballot as advocates give up on Legislature," 12 Sep. 2020 Around 7 to 8 percent of the material brought to Eureka’s facility does not end up being recycled because the items are nonrecyclable or are missed by the machines. Natalie Rademacher, Twin Cities, "‘When in doubt, throw it out.’ A struggling market spurs drive for better recycling.," 9 Dec. 2019 But its nonrecyclable packaging has become a big problem—for both India and Nestlé. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "India Saddles Consumer-Goods Makers With Fixing Plastic Trash Problem," 5 July 2019 In a memo to staff this month, the firm asked its Americas employees to bring their own mugs to work saying the region consumes more than eight million nonrecyclable cups each year. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "A New Target in the Fight Against Plastic: Paper Cups," 30 Oct. 2018 Asos said that, in addition to a collection system, their design team would be trained in circular design, and nonrecyclable materials would be eradicated. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Zara, Asos Commit to More Sustainable Practices by 2020," 18 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of nonrecyclable

1970, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonrecyclable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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