Sunday, October 23, 2016

What Constitutes a “Contaminant” in Recycling?

In terms of recycling, a contaminant is anything that is not conducive to the recycling process of a particular commodity.

When recycling glass, for example, an aluminum can mixed in with the glass is considered a contaminant. Although aluminum itself is a recyclable material, it contaminates the glass load by not being able to be recycled with the same process as glass, therefore fouling up the whole operation.