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Council bosses in Lincolnshire have started off a new campaign, encouraging people to recycle their waste properly, saying that just one item in a wrong bin means that the whole lot has to be sent to landfill.
They say while it is only a small minority of people who do not understand the system - it can have a major impact on keeping the system working as James Webster now reports.
There are concerns people in North Kesteven putting the wrong waste in their recycling bins could pose a health and safety risk to the people who have to sort it by hand as Tamara Walters from the council has been explaining:
Green-lidded recycling wheeled bin: Bottles and tops, jars, cans, tins, empty aerosol cans, clean foil, paper and cardboard, waxed drink cartons, yoghurt pots, ice cream and margarine tubs. NO: Electrical, nappies, food waste, carpets, textiles, batteries, wood, crisp packets, polystyrene.
Brown Wheeled Bin: Garden waste, grass, weeds, hedge cuttings, leaves, clean straw, flowers, plants, twigs and small branches, real Christmas trees (cut into small lengths). NO: Bags, food waste, ash,glass, bricks and hardcore, tree stumps, root balls, grass sods, household waste, soiledpet bedding.
Any waste items not included on the approved lists on resident's bin tags should be disposed of in the black wheeled bin for landfill disposal. North Kesteven District Council operates free collections of syringes and needles in sharps boxes by request.
A campaign is starting in Lincolnshire to remind people what they can and cannot recycle after a dead pheasant was found in one household's recycling.
Officials in North Kesteven say they have one of the best recycling rates in the country, at more than 50%, but they say a minority of people are putting the wrong items in the wrong bins. Food, syringes and dead animals have all been found in some green-lidded recycling bins.