Sorting it right

Contamination is when an item is placed in the wrong stream. Be aware that sorting waste at home is different than on-campus; UW waste programs accept different items. Please consult the recycling sorting guide when you are unsure if an item can be placed into the recycling stream.

Please be sure to remove food waste from your containers into the Organics (green) receptacles or Garbage (black) receptacles (when there are no Organics receptacles) before placing them into the Recycling (blue) receptacles. When possible please completely rinse your containers before disposing into the recycling stream. Organic food waste is a large contributor to contamination in the recycling stream.

Recycling sorting guide