STICKERS are currently being put on all blue bins in Tamworth to remind householders that black bin bags should not be used in blue bins. The stickers also advise that blue bins will not be emptied if waste within them is bagged in black liners.
The stickers are being issued by Tamworth Borough Council and Lichfield District Council’s Joint Waste Service after five truck-loads of recycling were recently turned away from the recycling sorting plant due to contamination by black bin liners.
If a load of recycling is rejected, unfortunately it ends up being sent to landfill, which costs more, wastes other people’s recycling efforts, and is bad for the environment.
Cllr John Chesworth, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Culture and Operational Services, said: “To reduce the chance of recycling being rejected by our sorting plant, we need to make sure our residents know what can and can’t go in blue bins.
“This is why we’re putting stickers on blue bin lids, so everyone is aware that we won’t empty the bin if it contains recycling in black bin bags. This follows statements and reminders we have issued in recent months and the production of a new guide which contains lots of useful information on how people can waste less and recycle more.
“Our preference is for recycling to be loose in your blue bin. However, if you want to bag it, please use a clear bag or simply empty the bag of recycling into your blue bin and then reuse the plastic bag.
“We would also like to reassure residents that we can track where your recycling goes – and 85% of items you put in the blue bin are turned into something new, so it really does make a difference. By following the advice in the guide, not using black bin bags in the blue bin and making sure recyclables are washed first, we can increase this even further.”
For more advice about how to recycle and what to recycle, read the guide at www.tamworth.gov.uk/wasteless.