Today’s material processors have strict standards; they won’t accept contaminated loads. Contamination can result in an entire load of recyclables or organics being landfilled. This drives up processing and disposal costs for everyone.
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These service brochures can help you place the right materials in the right container. Please download the service brochure for either you home or business by clicking on the links above.
Keep Container Lids Closed.
Open lids are another source of contamination – moisture – which ruins the recyclability of paper and cardboard. Open lids caused by overfilled containers also contaminate our environment with wind-blown litter. Help keep our community clean by keeping container lids closed.
Tips to Avoid Contamination
Follow these simple guidelines to avoid contamination.
Tips to Avoid Overages
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s wrong with putting trash in Recycling or Organics cart?
Any material not listed in the Services Brochure or annual Recycling Guidelines and Services Calendar for the recycling or green waste container is considered trash. In the Recycling Cart, food and liquids ruin paper and cardboard so they can’t be recycled. Materials like plastic bags, clothes, and wires wrap around the sorting equipment used to separate paper, plastic and glass for recycling; causing equipment to break and the bales of recyclables to be contaminated with non-recyclables. Manufacturers reject loads of recyclables with contaminants, which can result in the material being landfilled.
In the Organics Cart, materials like plastic bags, diapers, garden hoses and plant containers get shredded along with the organics meant for compost. These contaminants ruin the compost intended for farming and gardening. The State of California prohibits contaminants in excess of 0.5 percent by weight in finished compost and film plastic is limited to 0.1 percent. These standards are designed to ensure quality compost is used to grow food and nourish our landscape.
To learn more about why it is important to Recycle Right, visit RecycleOftenRecycleRight.com/newsroom.
What’s wrong with overfilling a cart or bin?
An overfilled bin or cart can cause wind-blown litter which results in blight, pollution in storm drains and trash in our water ways. Our cities are held accountable for storm water pollution under the federal Clean Water Act. Falling debris from a container being lifted for service can also fall on the truck’s hot equipment and ignite a fire. Not overfilling containers and keeping the lids shut keep our community clean and safe.
To learn more about why it is important to Recycle Right, visit RecycleOftenRecycleRight.com.
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Mandatory Business Recycling Information: Click here to learn more about AB1826 and AB341 and how Waste Management can assist your business. Click here to download an informational flyer about mandatory recycling.