What is recycling contamination?

Contamination occurs when garbage or other similar items are disposed of improperly in the brown recycling container. When you are not sure whether an item is recyclable, check out the Recycle list Yes-No (PDF). You can also send an email to the Solid Waste and Recycling Manager, or discard questionable items in your green garbage container.

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1. What is recycling contamination?
2. Why is reducing recycling contamination so important?
3. Why can’t we put our recyclables in plastic bags?
4. What can I put in my brown recycling container?