Suffolk Waste Partnership Tackles Contamination

contamination-campaign-suffolkSuffolk Waste Partnership has launched a new campaign aimed at getting residents to put the right material in the right recycling container. 

Suffolk currently recycles 53% of its household waste but, according to the partnership, contamination is on the up and if levels continue to rise, there will be a cost both to the taxpayer and the environment.

The “Getting your Recycling Right” campaign is designed to give residents the information they need about what can and can’t go in their recycling bins.

This campaign sees a leaflet being sent out to every household in Suffolk to highlight what can and can’t go in recycling bins, which aims to serve as a reminder – and a new video is also be available online to further highlight the issues.

All recyclable waste collected from Suffolk households is taken to the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Great Blakenham.

To ensure the correct items are put into their recycling bins, residents across the county are being asked to remember the following points to combat contamination:

“While it is great that we are recycling more than half of our household waste here in Suffolk, this campaign will hopefully help us improve the quality of Suffolk’s recyclable material and save taxpayers money”

  • Textiles and clothes can no longer go in the recycling bin, either bagged or loose. Instead people are asked to donate their clothing to charity shops, or to take it to their nearest recycling banks.
  • Anything smaller than 4cm, such as loose bottle tops or shredded paper, won’t get recycled as they fall through the sorting process. However, bottle tops can be recycled by simply washing and squashing plastic bottles and putting the tops back on.
  • Aluminium foil needs to be rolled into a tennis ball size before being placed in the recycling bin.
  • Food waste, glass, electrical items, and batteries are just some of the common contaminants found. These items can’t go in your recycling bin at home but they can be recycled elsewhere. Information on where they can be recycled can be found here.
  • Some people are even putting used nappies in their recycling bins. These must always go in the rubbish bin.

recyclingCllr Clive Arthey, chairman of the Suffolk Waste Partnership, said: “While it is great that we are recycling more than half of our household waste here in Suffolk, this campaign will hopefully help us improve the quality of Suffolk’s recyclable material and save taxpayers money.

“For example, 1,500 nappies are picked by hand from people’s recycling every day. This is a horrible job and spoils the other recyclables, costing both time and money to sort out. If you follow the advice in the leaflet and on our website and only put the correct items in your recycling bin, we can improve the quality of recyclables going to the MRF and will be able to recycle even more.

“Textiles and items of clothing are no longer being accepted in the recycling bins and we would ask people to take unwanted textiles to a charity shop, a recycling bank or their nearest Recycling Centre.”

Cannock Chase Council also began a new campaign recently to raise awareness of contamination in residents’ recycling.


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