Contamination in our recycling stream is one of the biggest challenges Spokane County's recycling system faces today. When individuals place items into their recycle bin that do not belong in the recycle stream, we increase contamination rates, decrease the value of recycled goods, and even increase hazards for individuals at our local recycling facility. Be on the lookout for Spokane County's most "Unwanted," and please keep these contaminants out of the recycling bin.
Plastic bags are flimsy and durable—perfect for carrying your groceries, but also great at tangling up the equipment that sorts our recyclables! When bags get left in your recycle bin, they damage equipment and contaminate other recyclables. Take them to your local grocery store instead, and deposit them in a designated bin.