un·​re·​cy·​cla·​ble | \ ˌən-(ˌ)rē-ˈsī-k(ə-)lə-bəl How to pronounce unrecyclable (audio) \

Definition of unrecyclable

: unable to be recycled : not recyclable unrecyclable waste unrecyclable plastics

Examples of unrecyclable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ocean protection agency suggested that California move this year to prohibit the sale and distribution of cigarette filters, electronic cigarettes, plastic cigar tips, and unrecyclable tobacco product packaging. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2022 The change did also nudge many US cities to improve their recycling infrastructure to accept previously unrecyclable goods, like pizza boxes, but San Francisco leads the way. Nathan Mattise, Rolling Stone, 15 Oct. 2021 That includes improving waste collection and recycling, redesigning products to eliminate packaging made from unrecyclable plastics, expanding refillables, and in some cases substituting other materials. Laura Parker, National Geographic, 6 Oct. 2020 Unfortunately, that means more unrecyclable refuse getting thrown in the recycling bin: items such as bubble wrap, cellophane, Christmas lights, ribbons, clothing, foam and electronics. Brian Chasnoff, ExpressNews.com, 29 Nov. 2019 Executives admit the new cup isn’t perfect — it’s still lined with plastic, rendering it unrecyclable by most standards — and the lid is still plastic as well. BostonGlobe.com, 15 Nov. 2019 Since then, Southeast Asia has seen a huge spike in waste shipments — much of it contaminated plastic that is unrecyclable — from developed countries. Hillary Leung, Time, 25 July 2019 Many toothbrushes are unrecyclable because the composite plastics most are now made of are difficult, if not impossible, to break apart efficiently. National Geographic, 14 June 2019 The company’s mission is recycling the previously unrecyclable, such as cigarette butts, contact lenses and chewing gum. Laura Daily, Washington Post, 25 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of unrecyclable

1960, in the meaning defined above

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“Unrecyclable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrecyclable. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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