Biin Collection

Bromsgrove District Council is urging residents to think about what they’re putting into their green bins, ahead of a new scheme which could save money.

After a leaflet drop to households reminding residents what they can put in their green bin, district council collection crews are to start leaving tags on any recycling bins they empty that have non- recyclable materials in them.

The tags will explain what non-recyclable materials were in with the recycling this time. If the same bin contains non-recyclable materials again, then collection crews will not empty it. Instead, they will add another tag asking for it to only contain recyclable materials so that it may be collected next time.

The moves are part of a county-wide initiative to reduce the amount of non-recyclable rubbish in green bins, which drives up costs.

Non-recyclables are routinely put into green bins, often with the best intentions, but when they get to the county’s ‘Envirosort’ recycling processing plant they must then be pulled out of the recycling and wasted.

They can also contaminate whole bins full of recycling, and sometimes even entire bin lorries full, affecting the whole load.

Reducing contamination means lower disposal costs, less strain on the processing plant, and ultimately a higher price for the recycled materials when they are sold to manufacturers at the end of the process to be made into new things.

Cllr Peter Whittaker, Bromsgrove District Council’s portfolio holder for Environmental Services, said: “In Bromsgrove we are great at producing lots of recycling, it’s just frustrating that so many wrong things get thrown into the mix. The quality of our recycling is important as well as the quantity. A sack of nappies or half a tin of paint in the bin lorry affects the recycling of all your neighbours and complicates the sorting process too. Ultimately we all pay for the higher costs and reduced financial return on the recycling at the end of the process.

“We also want recycling to be easier for everyone. We are working behind the scenes with manufacturers through the national Waste and Resource Action Programme to make more household packaging fully recyclable. We want to see more done on this so when it comes down to it, recycling gets easier for everyone.”

The new ‘Webaspx WM InCab’ system put in all collection vehicles at the end of last year will also help collection crews monitor where recycling issues have arisen, and inform future actions.

For more information about the tagging scheme, contact our Environmental Services team here and in addition the recent leaflet, find out what you can put in your bins here.