Verona is implementing a program to fight recycling contamination. Township officials say this contamination, which happens when the wrong things are put out or put out the wrong way, has caused Verona to see an increase in fines because regulations on accepted recyclables have tightened significantly in recent years.

Beginning the week of November 1, a township employee will go around town and tag curbside recycling containers that have an “unacceptable” amount of contaminated materials in them with a card like the image above. Anything that is tagged will not be picked up by Verona’s recycling contractor.

According to Steve Neale, Verona’s director of administration & economic development, the township employee will check certain streets in a different quadrant of town each week on the day before the recycling collection in that area. Any tagged container will then be logged with Verona’s Department of Public Works and Department of Administration.

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