Solid Waste Management Services has launched a new campaign this summer to bring awareness to residents about reducing blue bin recycling contamination.
In 2015, approximately 45,000 tonnes of garbage and organic waste were mistakenly put in the recycling.
Blue bin contamination is a problem for a number of reasons:
- The Material Recovery Facility (MRF) can separate some contamination, but there is a limit to the amount it can remove.
- Loads that exceed an accepted level of contamination may end up in a landfill.
- Removing contaminated materials from recyclable materials increases costs.
Here are some of the most common culprits: