Solid Waste / Recycling Information : Contamination


Contaminated items are NOT recyclable.  Contamination can happen in several ways:

  • Food waste – wash containers.  Food left on containers contaminates the container and makes it unrecyclable.  Rinsing/washing recyclables keeps items recyclable and keeps your recycle bin clean.   
  • Placing items in the Recycle Bin that are Non Recyclable is contamination.  Plastic bags are only recyclable if returned to the correct place (HEB and Wal-Mart).  Plastic bags clog up the sorting equipment at the recycle plant. 

Please do not place items in the bin unless they are on the accepted list. 

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