Stop and think! - After your recycling is collected it is taken to a recycling facility to be sorted (see here how your recycling is sorted). If the wrong items or materials are put through the recycling facility they cause problems with its operation and impact on the quality to the sorted materials. The law reqires that all of us recycle correctly.
For guidance of what should be put into the blue bin visit: What goes in which bin
Sampling of loads
Before any of the recycling is put through the recycling plant a visual check is made on the quality of the material. If the quality is not of a high enough standard the load is rejected and not recycled. On a regular basis (every 160 tonnes) a sample is also taken and again if the sample contains more than 14% non-target material (materials not accepted) the load will be rejected and none of it recycled. These rejected loads are a cost to the facility and the council and therefore the tax payer. They also affect the districts recycling rate.
Rejection of Contaminated bins
In order to reduce the chance of a rejected load the collection crews are instructed to make a visual check of every blue bin before it is emptied. If they spot something that should not be in the blue bin they will tag the bin and it will not be emptied. The tag that is attached to the bin will explain why the bin has not been emptied.
The most common items and materials that cause the biggest problems are:
- Nappies / Sanitary Products
- Food Waste
- Animal Bedding
- Refuse Sacks (i.e. bin bags)
- DIY Materials
- Plastic Toys
- Garden waste
- General waste
Refuse sacks are a particular problem as when we do spot checks or view the rejected material from the recycling facility a refuse sack will usually contain unacceptable items as above.
The issue of the wrong items been put into a recycling bin is a national issue and not specific to Cannock itself. This is reflected in an article on the BBC New Pages: Rejected recyclable waste up 84% in England since 2011, data shows
When you put your recycling into your blue bin we request that you put it in loose and not in bags. Your blue bin should look like those shown below:
Last Updated: 15/02/2018