It has always been a problem for me since I moved from Russia to separate my stuff into compost/recycle/garbage cans by material.
I find it to difficult and ineffective to memorize where each particular thing goes. I need a list of general principles that would allow me to make the separation quick and simple. How do I define whether something is okay to compost or recycle?
By now I used the following process. If something is organic and can rot it goes into the compost can. If it's made of paper or plastic or glass or metal or their combination it goes into recycle can. This would not let me clearly define, when an object is sent to the garbage can. I can see how these rules are incomplete and erroneous.
I also don't know if I can use a single plastic bag to wrap all the compostables. Should I use paper bags instead or maybe some special biodegradable plasic ones?
P.S. I moved from Russia to the US relatively recently and many aspects of life differ a lot. That's definitely not the last question about how are the things done here.