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Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - ERIN TASKER

As Mid Can­ter­bury’s new rub­bish and re­cy­cling sys­tem launches, the Ash­bur­ton District Coun­cil has moved to clear up con­fu­sion about what can and can’t go in the bins.

The coun­cil has re­ceived numer­ous calls with ques­tions, and a lot of peo­ple have taken to so­cial me­dia to clar­ify points. Ash­bur­ton District Coun­cil waste re­cov­ery man­ager Craig Good­win said there would be teething prob­lems.

‘‘We don’t ex­pect peo­ple to get ev­ery­thing right straight away.’’

Each re­cy­cling bin de­liv­ery came with a book­let ex­plain­ing the new sys­tem, but some took the in­for­ma­tion in­side it to mean rub­bish couldn’t be put in the new rub­bish (red lid) bin, in plas­tic bags. Good­win said su­per­mar­ket bags could be used to bag rub­bish and then be placed in the red lid­ded bin. Ex­cess, empty su­per­mar­ket bags were re­cy­clable, and should be placed in the yel­low bin loose, not tied up. Re­cy­clable goods should all be loose, not in plas­tic bags.

Plas­tic bot­tle tops go in the red rub­bish bin, while the plas­tic bot­tles them­selves go in the re­cy­cling bin.

House­hold clean­ing bot­tles can go in the re­cy­cling - just en­sure they’re empty and rinsed. Chem­i­cals don’t go in the bins.

For more in­for­ma­tion, check the coun­cil web­site where there’s a list of items that can and can’t go in the bins.

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