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What Is Recycling Contamination? 20

Contamination starts at home, but its effects are felt at the MRF, in the landfill, and in the economy. Find out why and what you can do about it.

Updated on 03/04/2019

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WHEN RECYCLABLES GET TRASHED

Stricter rules on the cleanliness of recyclables imposed by buyers of recyclable materials means contamination is a bigger concern for recycling than ever before. If perfectly good recyclables get landfilled because contaminants like food residue get intermixed with them, then everyone loses. Here’s what contamination is, how it affects recycling, and what you can do to help.

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