Increasing number of contaminated grey recycling bins warns ELDC

Increasing numbers of ‘contaminated’ grey wheelie bins are being found by bin men on collectons days, say East Lindsey District Council.

The authority is warning that the wheelie bins will not be emptied if they contain the wrong items.

ELDC says there are now ‘increasing reports of contaminated batches of waste being discovered’ where grey bins collected contained items such as food waste, plastic carrier bags and soiled nappies.

Coun Steve Newton, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “Recycling is so vitally important for the environment. And, for us as a council it is important that we recycle the maximum amount of waste possible. The fact that residents of East Lindsey continue to recycle a greater amount of waste than many other areas in the UK is an acknowledgement of how seriously people in our District take recycling.

“Therefore to find out that an increasing number of batches of recyclable material are being contaminated and unable to be recycled is quite disheartening for all concerned and totally unacceptable.

“Just one bin of contaminated waste can render a whole lorry-load unrecyclable. We would like to personally ask that all residents take note of what they can, and can’t, put into their grey bins to prevent contaminated recyclable waste needlessly ending up in landfill.”

An ELDC statement said: “Any grey bins found to be contaminated with waste other than that permissible to be deposited in them are at risk of being refused due to contamination as there is a risk that entire lorries of recyclable material could be diverted to landfill, undermining the efforts of everyone who has put the correct items in their grey bin.”

In addition to the recycled waste, as the waste collection authority the District Council collects 23,500 tonnes of domestic waste and over 16,000 tonnes of green waste each year. This waste, along with recyclable waste, is then handed over to Lincolnshire County Council which is the authority responsible for disposing of the waste.

Items which can be put into grey bins are paper, cardboard, newspapers and magazines, tickets, leaflets, junk mail, shredded paper, brochures, catalogues, telephone directories, envelopes, egg boxes, cardboard boxes and sleeves, greetings cards, cigarette packets (with foil taken out), plastic bottles, margarine tubs, yoghurt pots, drinks cans, empty aerosol cans, clean aluminium foil and washed food and pet food tins.