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Your Contamination-Prevention Checklist 5

By Recyclebank |
We all want to keep recyclables out of landfills, but contamination messes that up sometimes. Here’s an easy way to make sure you’re recycling right! 

One of the biggest problems for recycling programs around the country is contamination, which wastes time, money, and precious resources. It happens every time non-recyclable materials end up in recycling containers, slowing down the process and causing the loss of recyclables to landfills. We all have a role to play to make sure recyclable materials are properly disposed of, so we hope this downloadable checklist will make that easier for you to do.

Print out this checklist and use it as a reminder: Before you put something in the recycling container, mentally go through the checklist. If you could check all the boxes for the item, then it's OK to recycle it. Post one near all of the recycling containers in your house to remind everyone in the family how to recycle right!


Quick tip: To help save paper, print on the backside of a scrap piece of paper. If you ever need to dispose of this checklist, please be sure to recycle it.

Once you’re done filling this out, show off how your family is putting it to use by posting a picture on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #ContaminationFree

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  • syl b. 1 day ago
    good tips
  • the g. 2 days ago
    america needs to step up its effort in recycling.
  • Shannon S. 6 days ago
    Check with your local recycler before listening to this. I wasted a lot of time doing things this website told me only to find my recycler does not require cleaning, drying, separating, etc. They accept wet paper, plastic bags, pretty much everything.
  • Martha B. 8 days ago
    Our recycling stream now accepts plastic grocery bags as well as newspaper and dry cleaning bags. They ask that you put a bunch of them inside of one bag and tie it together so it's one big bunch instead of many individual bags. We still get rid of (re-use first of course) bread bags, produce bags and shrink wrap. Best to check with your local office.
    • Geff M. 7 days ago
      They also say the same thing about shredded paper (crosscut or confetti) - that u "bag" it (paper or plastic, depending) & secure it.
  • Deborah W. 8 days ago
    Great check list - local recycle offices should send out fliers.
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