New guide details how to waste less and recycle more

Monday, 26th November 2018

A NEW guide has been produced to help Tamworth residents waste less and recycle more.

The online Waste Less guide has been produced by Tamworth Borough Council and Lichfield District Council’s joint waste partnership to clarify what should be put into each household waste bin, as well as offering tips on how people can produce less waste in the first place.

Cllr John Chesworth, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Operational Services & Culture, said: “We have many keen recyclers in Tamworth who want to do their bit for the environment, but there does seem to be some confusion around what can and can’t be recycled and what to put in each bin.

“We’ve recently had trucks of recycling being turned away from the sorting plant because loads have been contaminated with black bin liners, or other items that can’t be recycled, so it’s particularly important to understand what the guidance is.”

As well as outlining what items can be put into the black, blue and green bins, the Waste Less guide also includes some useful tips for residents who are interested in trying to produce less waste in the first place.

This includes things like buying loose fruit and vegetables rather than packaged, using reusable water bottles and coffee cups, choosing glass rather than plastic where possible and using tinned pet food rather than pouches.

Cllr Chesworth added: “There is a renewed focus on recycling and reducing the amount of plastic waste we produce as a society and the guide includes some easy steps that everyone can take to do their bit to help. 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 all have an impact. We would also like to reassure residents that we can track where your recycling goes – 85% of items you put in the blue bin are turned into something new, so it really does make a difference.

“I’d encourage everyone to spare a few minutes and have a look at the Waste Less guide.”

The guide can be viewed and downloaded at