Recycling contamination, or the presence of non-recyclable items in recycling bins, slows down operations at the recycling facility and can even lead to more waste. Facing the increases in waste and contamination seen in recent months, the City of Indianapolis and Republic Services are asking residents to remember recycling etiquette at a time when recycling facilities are already coping with social distancing measures for their front-line workers.

“I think the best thing we can do right now, in addition to taking care of ourselves, is to take care of our neighbors and take care of the health and safety of each other,” said Lindsay Trameri, a public information officer for the Department of Public Works. “This time can be an appropriate one for residents to learn more about recycling in their neighborhoods and learn about what recycling looks like in their households.”

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Author: London Gibson and Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star
Photo: Kelly Wilkinson, Indianapolis Star