Con­tam­i­na­tion of re­cy­cling

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE -

MORE than 2,500 dirty nap­pies are pulled out of bins full of re­cy­cling across Le­ices­ter­shire ev­ery day.

Along with dirty jars and tins, tex­tiles and non-re­cy­clable pack­ag­ing, they are the worst of­fend­ers when it comes to con­tam­i­nat­ing re­cy­clable waste.

Last year, 4,200 tonnes of re­cy­clable waste was re­jected be­cause of con­tam­i­na­tion.

A spokesper­son for Le­ices­ter­shire County Coun­cil said: “Very dirty items such as used nap­pies or pack­ag­ing that still con­tains food or drink can spoil a lorry load of good ma­te­rial and pre­vent it from be­ing re­cy­cled.”

Re­cy­clable waste is col­lected at the kerb­side and taken to a re­cy­cling fa­cil­ity called Casepak in Le­ices­ter for pro­cess­ing.

Re­cy­cling from North West Le­ices­ter­shire is sorted sep­a­rately at a re­cy­cling fa­cil­ity in Coalville.

The spokesper­son added: “The plants can only ac­cept and sort cer­tain ma­te­ri­als suitable for re­cy­cling, so any in­cor­rect items have to be re­moved, of­ten by hand.

“This is time-con­sum­ing, un­pleas­ant and can even be dan­ger­ous for the work­ers and ul­ti­mately it is costly to the tax­payer.”

Of the 250,000 tonnes of house­hold waste col­lected from res­i­dents at the kerb­side, around 60,000 tonnes was dry re­cy­clables like pa­per, card­board, glass and plas­tic bot­tles.

There was also an­other 54,000 tonnes of green gar­den waste col­lected for com­post­ing.

Res­i­dents can also visit www.less­waste.org. uk/re­cy­cle/kerb­sidecol­lec­tions for more in­for­ma­tion about their re­cy­cling col­lec­tions.

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