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Inspectors in Toronto to Sort through Residential Recycling Bins to Reduce Contamination

With this new inspection process, the city hopes to improve its recycling education efforts and lower its contamination rate to below 25 percent.

The city of Toronto currently has a 26 percent contamination rate, and in an effort to reduce that number, the city is sending inspectors out to residences to sort through recycling bins. If an inspector comes across a contaminated bin, he or she will inform the resident, who could possibly pay a “cost recovery fee” to remove it.

With this new inspection process, the city hopes to improve its recycling education efforts and lower its contamination rate to below 25 percent.

TheStar.com has more:

Dear resident: Don’t be surprised to see someone rummaging through your blue bin after it’s put out to the curb for collection.

And it won’t be the guy who usually goes down your street, rifling bins for bottles that can be returned for a deposit.

The city is sending out inspectors to see exactly what people are putting in their blue bins and warning them that if it’s contaminated with materials that shouldn’t be in it, they could end paying a “cost recovery fee” to remove it.

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