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Contamination in recycling containers may lead to crisis


Last updated 1/7/2018 at 10:57pm

SAN DIEGO – Incidental contamination in recycling containers may threaten recycling efforts and participation by residents and business.

Contamination occurs when non-recyclables are placed in recycling containers before collection and can include anything from food waste, appliances to plastic bags. During this time of year, even old worn out strands of Christmas lights that are not recyclable may be found in recycling bins.

End-use markets for recyclable materials, which are mostly in Asia, have shrunk and demand for material quality is higher than ever. Nearly 60 percent of recyclables generated in California are exported to China and other Asian countries. Effective in 2018, China will impose a new contamination standard that will require shipping of the cleanest recycling product for end-use.

For further details on contamination and to learn more about what is recyclable, visit EDCO’s website

Family-owned and locally operated EDCO provides waste and recycling services throughout San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles County.


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