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Don't let your Recycling go to Waste

Published Wednesday, 14th August 2019 Don't let your Recycling go to Waste

Melton Borough Council is launching a campaign in partnership with Leicestershire County Council to highlight the importance of people getting their recycling right.

In Melton nearly half of our household waste is recycled, however a recent trend has seen contamination levels rising as residents increasingly appear to beplacing unsuitable items into their recycling bin.

Last year around 5500 tonnes of material placed in recycling bins throughout Leicestershire was rejected as recycling contamination. The main types of recycling contamination, that is materials that cannot be recycled, include disposable nappies, black plastics, leftover food and polystyrene packaging as well as electrical items or textiles mixed in with other materials, these unwanted items spoil good quality material.

The new campaign, ‘Don’t let your Recycling go to Waste’, aims to encourage residents to think carefully about what should and what should not go into their recycling bin. Over the next few months the council will be reminding residents which items in particular should not be placed in their recycling bin. During the campaign council officers will be attending community events, posting tips and facts on social media platforms, arranging for posters to be displayed in public buildings and doing their utmost to get the message across.

Cllr Illingworth, the Portfolio holder for Environment and Regulatory Services said: “It’s important residents understand how to recycle properly and make best use of the facilities available to them. This campaign is a positive step to getting recycling right across the district. I’m sure we all want to do our bit to protect the planet and making sure that our recycling bin is only used for the correct materials is one way of helping Melton residents achieve a cleaner, greener environment.”

Rejected loads of recycling are disposed of at additional costs to the county’s rate payers and with contamination levels and disposal costs on the rise, the County Council along with the districts and boroughs are together taking action. From 1st October 2019 your recycling bin will not be emptied if it contains non-recyclable item(s) You will need to remove the item(s) and we will empty the bin on your next brown bin collection day. Additional recycling can be placed in a carrier bag or cardboard box (no black sacks) and placed at the side of your brown bin for collection.

Collection operatives will leave an information sticker informing residents of the reason for the non-emptying of their recycling bin and will only return to empty the bin on the next scheduled collection day for recycling, provided the contamination has been removed. Customers with large amounts of good, clean recyclable materials whether due to a non collection or not, are reminded that additional recycling can always be placed out for collection in carrier bags or other recyclable containers such as a cardboard box, at the side of their brown wheeled bin.

A list of acceptable recyclable items can be found at:


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