A campaign is starting in North Kesteven in Lincolnshire to remind people what can and cannot be recycled. The wrong waste is sometimes contaminating green recycling bins. A dead pheasant has even been found in one bin.
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.
Our recycling is hand sorted before being mechanically sorted hence we are reiterating the rules around recycling and repeated incidences of incorrect waste disposal might result in non-collection, to ensure the health and safety of staff. All the information residents need to deal with all their waste and recycling can be found on their bin tags, with additional information and assistance available via our website and hotline. Staff are also touring the district and will be in various Co-ops andsupermarkets across the district.
– Cllr Geoff Hazelwood, North Kesteven District Council