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

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 Stuff this bag with the other nonrecyclable thin plastic bags to create a neck rest or to block cold air from entering at doors and windows; use as packing filler; fill a drawer to keep items from slipping. Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2021 Its platform connects brands with local collection partners who collect nonrecyclable plastic in the coastal regions of developing countries. Amy Williams, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 New York introduced a bill in May to eliminate the three arrows from any nonrecyclable item. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 13 Sep. 2021 All used sharps are placed in a container approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and once the containers are three-quarters full, they’re sealed with duct tape and labeled as nonrecyclable. Dallas News, 12 Aug. 2021 In 2019, the European Commission directed the bloc’s 27 member countries to implement bans on some single-use plastics by July 3 of this year, including disposable cups made of certain nonrecyclable plastics. Vivienne Walt, Fortune, 22 June 2021 To some environmentalists, Starbucks’ rollout of reusable cups seems far too tentative given the global plastics crisis; the company’s paper cups are plastic-lined, making most of them nonrecyclable. Vivienne Walt, Fortune, 22 June 2021 The study noted that the contamination rate -- the amount of nonrecyclable material mixed in with the recyclable material -- is about 28% for the region. Tom Sissom, Arkansas Online, 21 June 2021 Recycling guidelines vary from community to community, and tossing in nonrecyclable items can mean even the appropriate ones get taken to a landfill. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of nonrecyclable

1970, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonrecyclable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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