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“Wishful recycling” occurs when items are put in the recycling bin that you hope will be recycled or you think should be recycled. This leads to contamination in the recycling stream.
Recycling contamination occurs when the wrong items are placed in the recycling bin (ex. garden hose) OR items accepted for recycling are prepared incorrectly (ex. food/liquid left in containers).
By the Numbers for Fiscal Year 2021
state recycling rate
tons of residential recycling
residential percentage of all recycled material
Source: “Solid Waste Management Annual Report” at www.scdhec.gov/datareports. The fiscal year is from July 1 to June 30 of the next year.