Prevent contamination in your recycling bin in Hampton Roads - EnviroPerks

Prevent contamination in your recycling bin in Hampton Roads

Author, Suzie Vance EnviroPerks

Like we talked about it in our article, Recycling Contamination Q&A, when we don’t recycle correctly, the entire batch of recycling can end up in the landfill instead of being recycled.

3 Questions to ask yourself before deciding if something goes in the recycling bin or the trash:

  1. Is this item recyclable in my city? You’d be surprised at how many things that we think are recyclable CAN’T be recycled in OUR city. Check your list here
  2. Is the recyclable item clean? (Mostly applicable for glass and plastic bottles, and metal cans)
  3. Is the recyclable item free of chemicals, residue, and grease (like pizza boxes)

Top 11 items that should NEVER go in your recycling bin:

  1. Organic waste
  2. All plastic film, bags, wraps
  3. Electronic waste
  4. Shredded paper
  5. Scrap Metal
  6. Styrofoam food (take out) containers
  7. Household hazardous waste (paint, oils, cleaners, etc.)
  8. Ceramics
  9. Frozen food containers
  10. Medical waste (medicines, needles, sharps, etc.)
  11. Recyclables should be loose/unbagged in the bin