Recycling Contamination Changes

by Erik Makinson

Across the state of Washington, recycling haulers are starting to charge recycling contamination fines… and they’re adding up. We recently spoke with a site in Seattle that was paying over $2,000 in contamination charges each month! Depending on where you are, what is considered contaminated will be different. Some items might be considered recyclable in one area, while not recyclable in another area.

We've compiled a few resources to help you determine what will be considered contamination.

City of Seattle

City of Spokane

City of Spokane Valley

If you have any questions about what will be considered contamination in your area, please feel free to reach out to us!

Phone: (509) 796-3749
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