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Waste contamination is the disposal of trash in incorrect waste bins. While often thought of as putting hazardous waste in recycling, it is really much more common than that. Examples include trash in compost and recycling in trash. Here we take a look at the five most common contaminants and how you can help prevent contamination.

5 most common contaminants




How can you help?


  • Sort your waste into the correct bins
  • If you’re unsure where to put an item, put it in the trash
  • Reduce your use of single-use items
  • Use reusables whenever possible
  • Refer to your local waste management website for specifics on what items can and cannot go in your recycling bin



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