Don’t waste all your good work
PEOPLE in Chiltern are being praised because more than 50% of waste in the district is now being recycled.
About 54% of Chiltern’s waste is now being recycled, meaning the council is well on its way to achieving its target of 60%.
While the vast majority of residents – nearly 90% – are clued up on how to sort their recycling, it can take just one bin containing the wrong items to see the entire truckload rejected at the recycling depot.
That means the whole load is destined for landfill – at huge cost to taxpayers and to the environment.
So, waste crews have been checking recycling bins and bags before collection to weed out those containing the wrong items. The main problems seem to be people putting plastic bags, clingfilm and paper and cardboard in the blue recycling bin.
Paper and card should go in the black or green recycling box, while plastic bags which can no longer be reused and clingfilm go into the back bin or purple sacks. Any recycling bins or bags found to be ‘contaminated’ are given an ‘Oops’ label which should tell the householder what items are being rejected. These are not considered to be a missed collection, so crews will not return, and anyone with one of the labels will have to wait until the next scheduled collection.
Containers given an ‘Oops’ label are recorded on a central database.
ChilternDistrictCouncil’s cabinet member for environment Councillor Mike Smith said: “What our residents have achieved in terms of increasing recycling is really great. Most householders are doing a good job and it’s a shame that occasionally the efforts of the majority can be undone by a few who probably are unaware they’re doing anything wrong. Our ‘Oops’ campaign is intended to help prevent loads being rejected and improve the quality, and value, of our recycling, which benefits taxpayers in the long run.”
There is information on how to sort waste on the Chiltern District Council website at www.chiltern. gov.uk/whatgoesinmybins and on the new calendars, which have just gone out to individual households.