Recycling contamination

Why it matters

Contamination is when materials that cannot be recycled are put in recycling bins.

Food or liquids can leak onto paper and cardboard, meaning they cannot be recycled. Greasy cardboard (for example food packaging or takeaway pizza boxes) also cannot be recycled for the same reason.

Plastic pots, trays and tubs, drinks cartons or plastic bags are not currently collected in Hampshire. These items are difficult to recycle.

Removing these contaminants from recycling bins and sending them for disposal costs Hampshire taxpayers £1 million per year!

Find out what you can recycle

Find out what happens to the waste and recycling collected from your home

Pledge to reduce the contamination in your recycling

Contamination items that cannot be recycled