Are You Wishcycling? Email While recycling may be the right thing to do, recycling the wrong things is not. “Aspirational recycling” or “wishcycling” is the act of tossing things in the recycling that you hope are recyclable. Not only is this common, it’s a big problem! Even small amounts of contamination can turn entire loads of recyclable materials into trash. Check out this video to learn more, and when in doubt, throw it out! Or look it up in our Recycling Guide.