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Did you know that recycling contamination costs Canada millions of dollars each year? Contamination is the term for non-recyclable material that ends up in the recycling system, from leftover food in containers to non-recyclable plastic packaging to more obvious garbage such as clothing and propane tanks.  Contamination also impacts compost, where the most common culprits include fruit stickers, plastics, and glass. Whether it’s due to confusion, wishful thinking, or just plain laziness, a lot of non-recyclable or non-compostable items are ending up in the wrong bins. When this happens, the otherwise recyclable or compostable material is relegated to the landfill

So what can we do cut down on contamination? Knowing what goes where is a great start! Get your kids in on the action early too, and this will become second nature to them. Download and print out this colouring sheet, and let your kids turn it into a work of art that’s both beautiful and functional.




Glass jars – Recycling

Aluminum – Recycling

Containers – Recycling

Plastic straws – Garbage

Food Waste – Compost


Arianna is SPUD's social media and content manager. She loves plants and animals and lives with several of both. Contrary to popular belief, she does NOT hate rice.

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