‘Contamination’ is when non-recyclable materials are put in recycling bins.
Food or liquids in cans and bottles can leak onto paper and cardboard meaning they can’t be recycled. For the same reason, greasy cardboard (e.g. food packaging or takeaway pizza boxes) can’t be recycled.
Materials such as plastic pots, trays and tubs, drinks cartons or plastic bags aren’t currently collected in Hampshire as they are difficult to recycle.
Removing all these ‘contaminants’ from recycling bins and sending them for disposal costs Hampshire taxpayers £1 million a year!
Find out what you can recycle.
Find out what happens to the waste and recycling collected from your homes.