That's a clean load," says John Wilson, looking over a pungent mountain of garbage - smashed cardboard and grocery sacks and plastic bottles disgorged from the back of a compactor truck.
"Clean" is a relative term in the recycling business.
At Rocky Mountain Recycling's sorting plant in South Salt Lake, workers can tell at first sight if four tons of recyclables hide nasty surprises like decaying grass clippings or poopy Huggies or punctured jugs of motor oil.
Most of us are willing to separate our morning newspaper from the coffee grounds. But some still don't get it or test the limits, throwing in yard waste that won't fit in the garbage can, leftover lumber, car hoods, dinner plates.
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