Even with the Honda Days upon us, waste still happens. We know this. What we don’t know? How much recyclables get contaminated this time of year.
When foil wrapping, tape, ribbons and bows get combined with recyclable paper, it can all end up in the landfill. Dirty plastic utensils and plastic trash bags full of paper can also contaminate a recycling bin, jeopardizing thousands of tons of otherwise recyclable content.
Contamination rates have spiked to 30 percent up from a historical rate of 10 percent and, Slager says, the related economic losses could make it harder for companies to invest in recycling infrastructure.
“We’re asking consumers to spend a few more minutes learning how to do it right,” he said. “If contamination continues to grow, we’re going to be fighting a losing battle.”
Yes, recycling is very, very important this time of year but make sure you are recycling as efficiently as possible. Don’t make more waste by way of a little negligence!