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Madison, Wis., Recycling Official States Organic Waste is Not Clean Enough

So far, the city has received items such as waxy paper, potting soil, wine corks and plastic bags mixed in with organic waste.

Madison, Wis., recycling coordinator Bryan Johnson says that participants in the city’s pilot program to compost organic waste need to do a better job of separating trash from biodegradables. So far, the city has received items such as waxy paper, potting soil, wine corks, plastic bags and crustacean shells mixed in with organic waste.

To help combat this issue, Johnson is planning on sending warning letters to homeowners who have carts with banned materials. If the behavior doesn’t change, those homeowners will be removed from the pilot program.

Wisconsin State Journal has more:

That moldy cucumber in the back of the crisper drawer is OK. So are bones, houseplants and coffee grounds.

But participants in Madison’s pilot program to compost organic waste need to do a better job of separating their trash from their biodegradables, city recycling coordinator Bryan Johnson said Monday.

In an email to residents who volunteered for the program, Johnson clicked off a list of no-nos, including no more waxy paper, potting soil, wine corks or crustacean shells in the organic bin.

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