‘Contamination’ - anything in the recycling stream that doesn't belong there - is still the #1 barrier to recycling programs in Texas and can dramatically increase the cost of recycling for your community.
Contamination is caused by confusion about what is recyclable and how.
How does Contamination hurt recycling?
Items like clothing, shoes, and broken toys slow the whole process down.
Items like hoses, cords, batteries, and propane tanks, can actually damage machinery or start a fire.
Food waste and liquids can ruin the value of recyclables like paper, cardboard and metals.
How to help:
Check the signs every time, and make sure you know what you can throw
in the recycling bin before you throw it.