Waste Management is leaving warning notes for customers whose recycling bins are contaminated with non-recyclables or unaccepted items. Bins may not contain garbage, glass or items that are bagged, dirty or wet.
Employees of the waste hauler may leave a warning note but pick up the recycling as a courtesy, or they may indicate that they had to leave the recycling behind due to contamination.
Recyclables that are permitted in recycling bins are metal cans (steel, tin and aluminum); paper (newspaper, office paper, magazines, brown paper bags); plastic bottles and jugs (#1 and #2); and flattened cardboard and paperboard (such as cereal boxes).
Prohibited items include glass, dairy and juice cartons, plastics #3-#7 and anything not listed in the list of permitted items.
Waste Management's note says, "When in doubt, leave it out."