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What Is Recycling Contamination?
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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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  • Karen O. 4 months ago
    We are always careful separating our recyclables, rinsing plastics, keeping particles as small as broken paperclips, staples, bottle caps, etc in their proper bins. Thinking the water used to rinse plastics is a waste, how can we utilize that water during over winter months elsewhere instead of wasting it down the drain? Need help with ideas?
  • Sharon A. 1 year ago
    I really enjoy learning and invite my friends and family members to answer the quiz''s questions regarding recycling it help keep our message flowing passing it on. Enjoy your Holiday and keep the message moving WE CARE ABOUT OUR EARTH
  • Alexandra M. 1 year ago
    4/4 woohoo
  • John F. 2 years ago
    WHAT DO I DO WITH HEAVY PLASTIC BAGS FROM GARDEN PRODUCTS LIKE FERTILIZER?
  • Lucinda L. 2 years ago
    I read that egg cartons cannot be recycled? also the plastic container that berries come in yet it has a recycling emblem on the bottom.
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