Is the benefit of recycling a peanut butter jar eliminated by the water that’s wasted washing it throughly?
The energy used to create a new jar will be more than that used in the recycling process. Plus, the jar doesn’t have to be squeaky clean to be recycled. So, rinse it out and put it in the recycling bin without any more thought. If you cannot get curb side pick up, then take it to one of the many centers around the county. There are plenty of options in the valley to recycle. The benefit is not only environmental, it cost less to recycle so you are cutting the governments overhead costs.