Companies are trying to keep every bottle and can alive and away from the ultimate resting place.
"If they go to a landfill they can break down and they can produce methane gas, which is a potent greenhouse gas," explained Robert Reed of Norcal Waste System. "And that can escape into the atmosphere. So recycling is very important because recycling helps protect the environment."
Protecting the environment is what we all try to do when we use our recycle bins, but now a new study by a San Francisco corporate watchdog group is making sure Americas largest beverage companies are doing their part as well.
"The goal of the report is to benchmark the different beverage companies and see what they are doing about recycling," said Amy Galland of "As You Sow".
"As You Sow" analyzed 16 companies and looked at things like their recycling efforts, transparency, and reduction of the amount of materials in their bottles and cans.
Nine companies including Starbucks, Snapple and Crystal Geyser failed.
Coca-Cola scored the best, but even so, their grade was only a "C."