RESIDENTS of South Oxfordshire are being warned they will only have their green wheelie bins emptied if the recycling in them is loose or in clear sacks.
The ban on black and coloured sacks will apply from November and has been prompted by people continuing to put rubbish such as food waste and dirty nappies in their green bins, contaminating whole truckloads of recycling.
The council says that if there’s a sack in a recycling bin and the waste crews can’t see what’s in it, they’ll assume it contains contaminated waste and won’t empty the bin.
Councillor Tony Harbour, cabinet member for waste, said: “Contaminated recycling has become a real issue that we have to tackle.
“Insisting on loose recycling or clear sacks is a simple change that will make a big difference – and most people won’t be affected.
“If you do want to use bin bags in your green bin, you can use clear ones, which are available from most large supermarkets and hardware stores. In most cases, clear sacks work out cheaper than black ones.”
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Meanwhile, residents of Caversham, Emmer Green and other parts of Reading are set to be charged for collections of their green bins, which are used for garden waste.
Reading Borough Council is considering introducing a £50 annual fee per bin for the service, blaming “unprecedented government cuts to council funding”.
It says it has to fill an estimated funding gap of over £41 million to 2020, having already made £65 million worth of savings since 2011.
If the move is approved by councillors on Monday, the charge will apply from April 1 next year with a 25 per cent discount for concessions. Householders who use bags to recycle garden waste instead of a bin would be charged £15 a year.
The existing one-off charge of £36.10 for the supply of a green bin and £11.35 for a bag would continue.
The fortnightly garden waste collection scheme is an opt-in service which was introduced 10 years ago and is currently used by 16,228 householders and costs the council £300,000 a year.
Councillor Liz Terry, the council’s lead member for neighbourhoods, said: “Nobody likes having to start paying for something which was previously free, but I hope residents who use the service will consider it a reasonable price to pay for such a good and convenient service.”
Some other local councils already charge between £40 and £60 for the same service.