‘Red tag’ scheme is launched

Bins warn­ing to res­i­dents

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Colin Pater­son

Re­cy­cling bins in East Kil­bride and Avon­dale which have been con­tam­i­nated by the wrong ma­te­rial will no longer be lifted dur­ing sched­uled col­lec­tions.

A new South La­nark­shire scheme which sees con­tam­i­nated bins marked with a red tag came into force this week.

It will be the house­holder’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure that the con­tam­i­nated ma­te­rial is re­moved be­fore the next col­lec­tion day.

Con­tam­i­na­tion of re­cy­cling bins cost the coun­cil al­most £60,000 in April – money which they say would have been spent on ser­vices.

At the start of the sum­mer, stick­ers were placed on res­i­dents’ blue bins to re­mind them what can and can’t go in them. Dur­ing July, Au­gust and Septem­ber, con­tam­i­nated bins had yel­low tags placed on them, which told the res­i­dent that their bin was con­tam­i­nated and to leave it out for col­lec­tion on their next gen­eral waste col­lec­tion day.

In last week’s News, East Kil­bride Cen­tral South coun­cil­lor John An­der­son, chair of the coun­cil’s com­mu­nity and en­ter­prise re­sources com­mit­tee, said there are no excuses for not re­cy­cling prop­erly.

He said: “We need to take ac­tion to en­sure that the con­tam­i­na­tion does not con­tinue to cost the coun­cil money which we can­not af­ford.”

The most com­mon types of con­tam­i­na­tion found are black bag waste, nap­pies, food waste, elec­tri­cal items, tex­tiles and shoes.

Blue bins can take pa­per and card, in­clud­ing: News­pa­pers, mag­a­zines, leaflets, phone di­rec­to­ries, en­velopes (fully in­tact in­clud­ing glue and win­dows), brochures, of­fice pa­per and let­ters.

They can also take cat­a­logues, un­wanted mail, shred­ded pa­per, wrap­ping pa­per and pa­per­back books, ce­real boxes, brown cor­ru­gated pack­ag­ing, sleeves from ready meals, toi­let/kitchen roll tubes, greet­ings cards, card­board egg boxes and tooth­paste boxes.

Hard­back books are also ac­cepted but res­i­dents asked they be reused or do­nated to a char­ity shop.

Items not ac­cepted in blue bins in­clude: Tis­sues, nap­kins, pa­per tow­els, nap­pies, lam­i­nated pa­per, padded en­velopes, wet pa­per, tex­tiles, Pringles tubes, drinks and food car­tons, wet card and card­board and take­away food boxes (like pizza boxes) if they are con­tam­i­nated with food.

Visit bit.ly/SLCBlueBin for more in­for­ma­tion.

No­tice Red tags will ap­pear on bins which are con­tam­i­nated

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