What is contamination and why is it bad for recycling?

Any material that is not recyclable that residents put in the recycling bin. This could include any material not accepted for recycling and plastic bags.

Removing contamination is costly for the processors thereby increasing the cost of recycling. Some contamination can even damage the equipment at the materials recovery facility and require the whole plant to be shut down while plastic bags and videotapes are cut off equipment or parts are replaced due to heavy metal objects.

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1. What is Hamilton County R3Source and what do they do?
2. If an item is not on my acceptable items list, and I think it could be recycled, should I put in my recycling bin/cart?
3. What types of plastics can I recycle curbside? Why are some plastics like trays, and hinged (clamshell) containers not accepted in Hamilton County?
4. What is contamination and why is it bad for recycling?
5. Where do items go for recycling after the hauler has collected them?
6. What are the most common misconceptions about recycling?
7. Which Hamilton County communities are the most successful in their recycling efforts?
8. How can I reduce the amount of junk mail I receive?
9. Can I put yard trimmings, latex paint, household hazardous waste, or electronics in my curbside recycling bin/cart?
10. How can I compost my yard trimmings?
11. How can I recycle or properly dispose of latex paint?
12. How can I recycle or properly dispose of household hazardous waste?
13. How can I recycle or properly dispose of electronic equipment?
14. Since plastic bags, plastic film, etc. can't go in the recycling cart, where can I recycle plastic bags and plastic film?
15. What simple things could any consumer do to reduce the amount of waste put into landfills?