Don’t waste all your good work

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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.

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