WHAT IS RECYCLING CONTAMINATION

In short, recycling contamination is when incorrect items/materials are put into the system or when the right items/materials are prepared the wrong way (i.e., food residue in containers, recyclables in plastic bags, etc.).

Contaminants

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DON'T LET YOUR EFFORTS GO TO WASTE

on average, about 25 percent of the stuff we try to recycle is too contaminated to go anywhere but the landfill

RECYCLE THESE!

always remember to ensure your recyclables are empty, clean and dry

Paper

 

• Newspaper • Envelopes • Junk mail • Phone books • Brochures • Magazines

 

Cardboard

• Cardboard boxes • Milk and juice cartons • File folders • Poster board • Frozen food boxes

Plastics

• Milk jugs • Water/Soda containers • Shampoo/Soap/Detergent bottles

Aluminum

• Aluminum beverage cans • Food cans

REFUSE * REDUCE * REUSE * RECYCLE * RETHINK

by following these simple steps you can help your community, and the environment by saving money, energy, and natural resources