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Wrong recycling meaning more waste sent to landfill

Plastic bags, clothes and even a toasted sandwich maker... These are all things councils in Cambridgeshire say they have found in the wrong recycling bins. Now they've started a video campaign to encourage people to pay more attention when they throw things away.

The videos uses animations with video footage to show what happens to waste when it's picked up from people's homes and then, over eight weeks, turned into compost for local farms and gardens. They were filmed at the Amey Waste Management Park in Waterbeach.

It's a joint campaign between all Cambridgeshire councils under the banner of RECAP (Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Waste Partnership), who say they're having to send organic material to landfill unnecessarily because people put it in the wrong bins.

They say they're going to become more strict on not emptying bins if there are incorrect items inside.