RESIDENTS in Harworth are being urged to double check their recycling waste before putting items in the blue bins.
Bassetlaw Council and Waste Disposal Contractors Veolia have been making random checks of the blue recycling bins across Bassetlaw, which showed Harworth has the highest contamination rate in the district.
Councillor Julie Leigh, cabinet member for environment and leisure ,urged residents to take more care when sorting items to put in the blue bins.
“It is essential that households place the correct waste in the correct bins. If a bin with the wrong waste ‘contaminates’ a load, this will be taken to a landfill site at the taxpayer’s expense and cannot be recycled - even if there are only a few wrong items,” she said.
“This is clearly unfair to people who sort their waste correctly, therefore our Refuse Teams have been told not to collect recycling bins which contain the wrong materials.”
“We are trying to keep costs to the taxpayer at a minimum and increase our recycling rates.”
The following items CAN be placed in the blue recycling bin:
• Paper, card, cardboard, paper envelopes, magazines, non-metallic wrapping paper, junk mail, leaflets and flyers, catalogues, directories & newspapers,
• Yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, Plastic bottles (please remove lids of all plastic bottles),
• Household food and drinks cans, deodorant cans including aerosols.
Leaflets or recycling wheel showing which items can go into the blue recycling bin are available at the Information Centre, Scrooby Road, Harworth.
They can also be downloaded from www.bassetlaw.gov.uk or posted out to you by calling 01909 534485.