Help Prevent Curbside Contamination
Contamination is a major obstacle in the recycling process. It occurs when material that is not accepted for recycling is put in recycling bins. There are many examples of contamination and they include:
- Material not accepted by Recycle BC
- Material that is not packaging or paper
- Material that can’t be recycled with current recycling technology
- Hazardous material, including batteries, propane or butane cylinders, needles, lighters
- Containers with contents (e.g. food or liquid) inside
- Material sorted incorrectly
- Material tied in a plastic bag
Why Preventing Contamination is Important
When it comes to recycling, we’re all in this together. We all work together to ensure the success of the recycling system. In Reycle BC's 2019 Annual Report, they reported that 90% of collected tonnes in the Recycle BC program were managed by recycling. Low contamination is a contributing factor to a high recycling rate.
Easy Ways to Prevent Contamination
- Rinse your containers as soon as they’re empty.
- Sort your material.
- Use the Nanaimo Recycles App and the "what goes where" tool.
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