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Bins may not be emptied as council get tough on recycling

Politics / Wed 11th Dec 2013 am31 09:32am

HARLOW Council and its waste contractor Veolia are stepping up checks on recycling put out for collection to help reduce contamination.

Councils across the country are seeing an increase in recycling contamination. This is where items which cannot be recycled in the kerbside scheme are being placed in recycling bins – items like food waste, clothes or shoes, black or general rubbish bags and nappies.

In order to tackle the problem, over the next 8 to 10 weeks bin crews and Council officers will be carrying out more random bin checks. Where contaminated recycling is discovered, the bin will not be emptied but an advisory hanger placed on it to remind people of what they can and cannot recycle.

Councillor Phil Waite, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “We want to work with residents as it is really important that as many households as possible are recycling properly. Contaminated recycling is becoming an increasing problem and we need to reduce it as we get charged by the Materials Recovery Facility for the amount of waste we take there each week.

“By carrying out these random checks we aim to increase awareness of the importance of recycling the correct items and improve the way we provide information and advice on recycling and waste reduction.

“We want to make sure residents’ waste ends up in the right places and with their help we hope to see the amount of contaminated recycling reduce.”

The following items can be put in household recycling bins or boxes – food tins, cans and foil, aerosols, mixed glass, bottles and jars, mixed paper and card, newspaper, magazines and books and plastic bottles with the number 1 or 2. Residents must ensure items are as clean as practicable – please rinse out food containers before recycling.

The Council provides a separate weekly food waste collection and currently operates a bookable weekly nappy collection service. There are also numerous textile banks around the town where residents can dispose of unwanted clothes and shoes.

If residents are unsure what to recycle and how they can reduce or reuse their waste they should check the Council’s website www.harlow.gov.uk/recycle or phone Contact Harlow on 01279 446655.

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