Once contaminants are determined, local governments will need to take steps each year to reduce contamination, including educating residents about how to properly recycle or dispose of contaminants. Education should include how to properly manage the top contaminants. For local governments who don’t have recycling collection, they can choose to implement a program at recycling depots required by ORS 459A.
Contamination reduction education methods include but are not limited to:
Sharing community-wide messaging using at least two channels that reach a majority of the audience such as newsletters, media articles, postcard mailers, social media or tabling at community events
Contacting customers with contaminated recycling through a direct mailer or invoice
Marking contaminated recycling with tags or hangers
Informing recycling depot customers about contamination and improving signage