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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 recyclabl...

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