Recycling bin contamination

Article dated Monday Jun 18, 2018 at 09:36 AM

Residents who ignore advice and warnings about contaminating recycling bins could end up with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £60.

If contaminated recycling bins are not spotted before they are picked up, a whole wagonload of recycling could be spoiled.

Bradford Council is determined help residents recycle as much as possible. Not only is it much better for the environment and wildlife, it also saves large amounts of Council Tax-payers money.

The alternate week collection service has seen a large increase in kerbside recycling.

If anyone is not sure about which items can go into recycling bins, the information is available the Council website, the Stay Connected email service, by telephone or by asking bin crews when they come to pick up your refuse.

Crews have been reporting that items such as food waste, medical waste and even nappies have been found in recycling bins.

Not only does this contaminate the recycled material, it also causes a risk for staff whose job it is to separate the material when the wagons are unloaded.

If crews identify contaminated recycling bins they won’t empty the bin but place a red tag on it which lists the items which cannot be placed in the recycling bin.

When the offending items have been removed by the householder, the bin will be emptied on the next collection round.

If residents continue to contaminate their bins and ignore the advice on the tag, a warning letter will be sent. If all warnings are ignored then a Fixed Penalty Notice of £60 will be issued to the resident.

Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “It’s such a shame that that we have been left with no choice but to come down hard on contaminated bins but anyone who wilfully ignores the policy, undermines the efforts of others.

“We would like to thank our residents for the efforts they make to recycle but unfortunately this can be undermined.

“A very small percentage of contamination can result in tonnes of otherwise re-usable waste being diverted away from recycling. We are all aware of the cost and environmental damage caused by single-use plastics and other waste so all we are doing is asking residents to help us do what we can to minimise this.”

Advice and information about recycling is available on the Council’s recycling pages, where residents can sign up to receive the Stay Connected email service. Alternatively, residents can call 01274 431000.

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