Fareham Borough Council has launched a project to reduce the amount of non-recyclable material being put in recycling bins.
A member of the Council's Streetscene team will be visiting a few homes where crews have been unable to collect a recycling bin due to the wrong kind of waste in it (contamination). The 'Bin Buddy' will offer guidance to residents on what can and can't be recycled and will help to arrange for the bin to be collected.
The Bin Buddy will also be out and about at events in the Borough highlighting the issue and helping people understand which items go in which bin.
Bottles are the only shape of plastic we can accept in recycling bins and everything must be loose, not in plastic bags.
Last year 14% of the materials we collected in blue top bins was not recyclable.
It costs money to remove the non-recyclable waste, and can mean recyclables have to be discarded too. For example, bags of household waste, left-over pizza or nappies will contaminate newspaper or cardboard and could mean it can't be recycled.
Executive Member for Streetscene at Fareham Borough Council, Cllr Simon Martin, said: "Bin contamination is an issue affecting councils across the country. We hope by having our Bin Buddy on hand to explain what you can recycle we can raise awareness. This in turn will reduce the time and resources which go into filtering out the non-recyclables at our processing plant."
Residents who would prefer not to be visited about their bin should contact the Council with their address. This can be done via firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01329 236100.
For further information contact:
The Communications Team, Tel: 01329 824310
fax: 01329 550576, e-mail: email@example.com
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