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TONNES OF SALFORD RECYCLING PAPER REJECTED AS PEOPLE PUT WRONG STUFF IN BLUE BINS
 

Star date: 22nd October 2017

DIRTY NAPPIES AND PLASTIC BAGS PUT IN BLUE BINS

Tonnes of Salford's paper and card recycling collections are being rejected as people put the wrong stuff in blue bins, including dirty nappies, plastic bags, polystyrene packing and even electrical items.

Now Recycle for Greater Manchester has teamed up with Salford City Council to launch a What's In The Box? campaign to remind residents that only newspapers, magazines, greeting cards, paper wrapping paper, cardboard boxes and junk mail and envelopes can be put in the blue bins.

Full details here...


Since the three week black bin collections were introduced, people now have to recycle more and more if they don't want the thing overflowing. However, some Salford residents have been shoving dirty nappies, plastic bags, old food, tablet blister packs, polystyrene packing and even electrical items into blue paper and card bins, leading to hundreds of tonnes of recycling material being rejected as contaminated.

"In January, tough new quality standards in the paper and card recycling market were introduced, and these mean that we have to collect as much clean paper and card as possible" says Councillor Alex Ganotis, Greater Manchester's Green City lead "Unfortunately, we are finding too many wrong items and lorry loads of recycling are getting rejected time and time again.

"People often think that it doesn't matter if wrong items get mixed up with their recycling and that they will all get removed later" he adds "This isn't the case – it's almost impossible to remove most of the contaminants. We also get a surprising number of nappies and baby wipes in the paper and card recycling and these are serious contaminants that should go in the general waste bin and never in the recycling bin."

Now Salford City Council has teamed up with Recycle for Greater Manchester (part of Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Waste & Resource Team) to launch a What's In The Box? campaign to remind people what can and can't go in the blue bin – which are only newspapers, magazines, greeting cards, paper wrapping paper, cardboard boxes and junk mail and envelopes.

Leaflets are going to be delivered to 86,000 Salford homes (which should help fill the blue bins!), while a recycling superhero will help to get the message across to kiddies.

For loads more information and to download a bin reminder app see the website www.recycleforgreatermanchester.com 


Photo shows mascot with campaign team's Phillippa and Polly

David Wm Trim wrote
at 12:33:54 on 23 October 2018
Hi Marc, I've just read your reply to Jason. Lack of thought, ignorance and education should be included too. What we have in most councils around the country nowadays are bins for mixed recyclables which most people have outside their home whether they live in a block of flats or a house.👍to you for doing your bit. I do too. Unfortunately this issue will take a very long time to sort out and encourage everyone else to make an effort to learn how to save valuable resources. Let's face it councils have tried to make it easier by providing a bin for mixed recyclables and garden waste to most householders instead of going to the nearest micro recycling centre on the street to deposit them. Let's hope more people will learn how to do their bit in the coming future. David Wm Trim. (on Facebook looking up at Big Ben)
 
Jason wrote
at 10:10:05 on 22 October 2018
The problem is down, at least in part, to people walking past your bins and putting their rubbish in. My pink lidded bin is regularly contaminated by a neighbour or passer by deciding to throw other rubbish in it. Where I lived before in Salford, it was so bad that I had to get rid of my recycling bins as people were filling them full of any junk as they walked past and they never got collected. Now we are on 3 weekly black bin collection, people don’t have the space for their rubbish. We recycle everything possible and are still having to visit the tip every week with rubbish to stop it piling up in the garden. For those that don’t have a car, what else can they do? Since the introduction of the 3 weekly bin collection the rubbish in the area has increased significantly to the point it can look like a 3rd world country! Visitors from other parts of the UK who come to see us always comment on the amount of rubbish on the streets which is sad.
 
Marc wrote
at 10:09:56 on 22 October 2018
Recycling isn’t rocket science, some people are just pure lazy.
 
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