Contaminated recycling: Noncompliance in Lawrence system creating trash

A half-dozen sorters plucked garbage Wednesday from among the recyclables moving along a conveyor belt inside the Hamm Material Recovery Facility, where Lawrence’s recycling goes to be separated, smashed and shipped. …
The scene highlighted a hiccup in the city’s year-old, single-stream recycling program: people aren’t always complying with what goes into it. And that means — especially at places like apartment complexes and downtown — the contents of entire recycling bins are sometimes being taken to the landfill because of the actions of a few.

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