Can you please explain in more detail about recycling dirty, contaminated items? I lightly rinse out my wine bottles and containers, do I need to make sure there is absolutely no residue from the food or beverage?
A light rinse is perfect — no need to scrub your recyclables.
The reasons for rinsing are threefold: it improves the quality of your recycling, it limits pests (in your recycle bin and at the recycling facility), and it prevents mold. This can be accomplished by adding a little water and swishing or shaking, or using a spatula to scrape out foods like peanut butter.
Sounds like you’re doing it just right!