Recycling the wrong items can get you a fine of $26.60 in West Contra Costa County.
In Marin County, Mill Valley Refuse Service will simply refuse to take your recyclable waste until it has been properly sorted.
“We’re hoping that people will see what they did wrong and clean it out, then pick up the cart the next week,” Mill Valley Refuse co-owner Jim Iavarone said.
“Many people put questionable things in the cart hoping that somebody will deal with it down the line,” Iavarone continued.
In order to help, Mill Valley Refuse Service has put a helpful guide on their site about which items are and are not recyclable.