Contamination — when items that can’t be recycled curbside are put into curbside bins — is one of the biggest challenges facing recycling today. The best thing we can do for recycling is to keep our household recycling streams clean and free of contaminants. Go by the mantra “when in doubt, keep it out!” Recycling right is good for the economy, the environment, and our community.
That said, it can take a while to learn what’s recyclable curbside and what’s not. Can you recognize contamination when you see it? Check out these photos of recycling bins and click the button below each photo to learn what in that bin can’t be recycled curbside in Gwinnett County.
Hint: To keep you on your toes, one or more bins might not have any contamination! See if you can guess which ones.
How did you do? Were any of the recycling mistakes ones that you’ve made before too? Don’t worry if you got some wrong or haven’t recycled perfectly in the past. Starting today, see if you can make a couple of small changes each week to recycle more of the good stuff and keep the wrong stuff out. It’ll go a long way!