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Collection of contaminated recycling to stop from next week

Published Tuesday, 24th September 2019

From October 1st recycling containing contaminants (non-recyclable items) will not be collected by the crews until the items have been removed by the resident.

Last year around 5500 tonnes of material placed in recycling bins throughout Leicestershire was rejected as recycling contamination.

Last month Melton Borough Council launched a campaign to get Melton residents recycling right in order to stop contaminants ruining otherwise good recycling.

Black plastic (including bin bags) nappies, textiles, food and garden waste are responsible for the vast majority of contamination in the borough. Residents are reminded to place all recycling loose in their brown bins, empty and rinse all containers and replace the lids on bottles and jars once cleaned. Cardboard must be clean and dry; oil stained pizza boxes are classed as contamination and will be rejected.

Cllr John Illingworth, the portfolio holder for Environment and Regulatory Services said: “This week is National Recycling Week and we are striving to get residents to recycle correctly ahead of the changes to collections. From October 1st collection crews will be checking the recycling bins for contaminants and won’t be emptying those that contain them until they have been removed by the resident. They will then be collected on the next scheduled recycling collection day. This will ensure that only the correct recycling is going to be sorted and processed and therefore rejected loads are not being sent to landfill or being incinerated. “

Residents 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.

Bin hangers and stickers are being distributed to residents reminding them of the changes to collections and what can and can’t be recycled. There is also a guide online at and the rule of thumb is:  if in doubt, leave it out of your recycling.


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