New Zealand's Christchurch has resorted to a version preschool reward and penalty systems after recycling rates plummeted during COVID to the point where only 48% of recycling trucks able to be processed in June due to frequent contamination issues.
Christchurch municipal authorities have responded with a new 3 tier system or rewarding and shaming, to educate residents and it's working. The council dispatched a team of spotters to literally inspect the contents of resident's recycle bins and in the first week, they checked 2470 yellow bins. 90 percent of them were contaminated to varying degrees.
The percentage of recycling trucks able to head to the sorters is now nearing 80%.
In Australia yellow bin contamination rates is reported as being between 4 and 12 percent by weight.