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SWR JustBins - Contamination and Business Recycling

Contamination and Business Recycling


Contaminated rubbish: what contamination means for business recycling


What is ‘contamination’?

At the simplest level ‘contamination’ in waste management means items that cannot be recycled being put into the bin, these items then affect all of the contents.


After recycling is collected it’s taken to a processing plant. Contamination causes issues because:

  • it reduces quality of materials to be recycled

  • it increases the time required to process the materials collected

  • it risks damaging the machinery


Alternatively, the contaminated recycling can be rejected so is not processed and goes directly to landfill without any of the materials being recovered and reused.


Contamination charges may be added to your invoice as a penalty for recycling collections which include waste items that cannot be recycled. The charges cover the additional costs incurred to process contaminated recycling, as well as reflecting the reduced value of the materials because they are lower quality.


Tips to prevent contamination:

  • Only put recyclable materials in the bin. See the SWR JustBins Recycling Guide here

  • Print the poster and clearly display as a reminder

  • Use clear bags so it’s easy to check for contamination


Mixed Recycling Collections – Paper and card

  • Printed paper and card can be recycled e.g. magazines, newspapers, telephone directories (not tissue paper)

  • Clean, dry cardboard packaging can be recycled

    Check locally:

  • Waxed card used for food packaging is more difficult to process so check for recycling symbols


Mixed Recycling Collections- Food packaging

  • Plastics wrappings, food tins and drink cans can be recycled, rinse first, e.g. yogurt pots

  • Clean, dry empty food packaging can be recycled

    Check locally:

  • Coffee cups are difficult to recycle and are only processed at a small number of plants

    Not recyclable:

  • Dirty and / or wet food packaging

  • Food waste cannot be recycled in mixed recycling


Glass Recycling Collections

  • Ensure the glass is rinsed; empty liquids from glass bottles and wash out jars to remove food residues

  • Clear and coloured glass can go in the same bin

    Not recyclable:

  • Pyrex and light bulbs cannot be recycled because they don’t melt in the furnace which is used to process the glass to be reused

  • Also, do not put broken glasses in the recycling bin for safety reasons (e.g. window glass, drinking glasses, kitchen items)


Food Waste Collections

  • Cooked and raw food can be recycled e.g. peelings, leftovers, bones and fruit cores

  • Tea bags and coffee grinds can be recycled

  • Napkins can also be recycled

    Not recyclable in food waste collections:

  • Paper, Card or Food packaging

  • Glass


Polystyrene and Floor sweepings

  • Should go into general waste (the normal rubbish bin) as they cannot be recycled


For an explanation of packaging recycling symbols:


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