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NHDC Urges Residents to ‘Recycle Right'

Published: 18th September 2017 11:24

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North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC) is reminding residents of the importance of recycling the right things in the right bins.

Recently the Council has seen a significant drop in the quality of recycling being sent to its sorting facility, which is negatively impacting on the cost of providing the service. This is mainly due to the additional sorting and cleaning required for items such as textiles, electrical items, plastic toys, plastic bags and plastic film, which are being put in the grey mixed recycling bins by mistake. Many recyclable items are also contaminated with food waste. Recycling items which are clean and placing them in the correct bin helps us to keep the cost of providing the service to Council tax payers down.

Whilst the majority of people are recycling right, unfortunately there are still lots of instances where incorrect items are being placed in the mixed recycling bin. If too many wrong items are found by the sorting facility, this could result in the load being sent to landfill, which is costly for Council tax payers and means the hard work of other residents goes to waste.

Items commonly found placed in the grey recycling bin by mistake include:

  • Crisp packets and pet food pouches
  • Hard plastic storage boxes and toys
  • Pill blister packets
  • Polystyrene
  • Soft plastic film lids and plastic bags

These items are not currently recyclable at the kerbside in North Hertfordshire and should be placed in your purple general rubbish bin.

Clothes and shoes are also being put in the grey recycling bin incorrectly. These should be kept separate and placed in a carrier bag next to your grey bin as textiles are sent to a different recycling centre to the contents of your grey bin.

Electrical items made of metal and plastic e.g. kettles and hard plastic items such as those used to make toys or recycling boxes also can't be recycled in your kerbside recycling bin; however these can be easily recycled at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Cllr Michael Weeks, NHDC's Executive Member for Waste and Recycling said: "We know that most people are keen to do their bit and recycle as much as they can, but we have seen an increase in the amount of incorrect items being placed in recycling bins in recent months. It is an awful shame when a whole vehicle load is rejected due to the incorrect actions of few, so please so check carefully and if in doubt leave it out.''  

For more information about what goes in each bin, check our A-Z recycling guide online at www.north-herts.gov.uk/recycleguide


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