RESIDENTS of South Oxfordshire are being warned not to use black or coloured sacks in their green wheelie bins for recycling
RESIDENTS of South Oxfordshire are being warned not to use black or coloured sacks in their green wheelie bins for recycling.
Those that have will be find a note hanging on their bin after this week’s collection explaining that from November 1 if they continue to use the sacks the crews will assume the bin is contaminated and won’t empty it.
The move by South Oxfordshire is in response to people continuing to put food waste and dirty nappies into their green wheelie bins, which contaminates whole truckloads of recycling.
Residents are being urged to use clear sacks or put their recycling in loose so the crews can easily identify contamination before the rubbish enters the truck.
The council says that in the last nine months more than 100 tonnes of recycling has been rejected because of contamination.
Councillor Tony Harbour, cabinet member for waste, said: “The district has a great record of being one of the best recyclers in the country but contaminated recycling has become a real issue lately, which we have to tackle.
“Insisting on loose recycling or clear sacks is a simple change that will make a big difference”.