Why did I get a recycling contamination notice?

Recycling contamination occurs when material that is not accepted for recycling is put in recycling totes. The CVRD must keep contamination rates low (3%) as it can present itself as a major obstacle in the recycling process. In an effort to reduce current contamination rates of about 15%, the CVRD is reaching out to residents when unaccepted materials are identified in the curbside tote assigned to their address. 

Please review the curbside accepted materials list to learn what materials are accepted in the curbside recycling program, and what materials can be brought to a Recycling Centre. If you have questions, or if you believe that you have received a notice in error, please contact the Recycling Hotline at 250 746 2540.

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1. Why did I get a recycling contamination notice?
2. Who do I contact to review my notice?
3. Why can’t I recycle hard plastics?
4. Why can’t I put textiles in my recycling tote?
5. Why did I get a notice for putting garbage in my recycling tote?
6. Why can’t I put plastic bags and wrappers in my recycling tote?
7. Why did I get a notice for an unidentifiable material in my recycling tote?
8. Why can’t I put glass in my recycling tote?
9. Why can’t I put styrofoam in my recycling tote?