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Tough stance on recycling bins not being used correctly in Sleaford

By Sleaford Target  |  Posted: October 05, 2012

UNFIT FOR RECYCLING: Pictured above is waste found in a recycling bin in North Hykeham. Contamination is costing the council money.

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UNDER a tough new regime, recycling bins in Sleaford which are not used correctly will not be emptied.

North Kesteven District Council has rolled out a new policy to encourage better recycling standards among all residents in the town and across the district.

From October 8, all green-lidded recycling bins will be inspected before being emptied to make sure they do not contain items which should not be in them.

Bins found to be contaminated – with items such as soiled nappies and dirty food containers – will be left with a label explaining the problem and asking for the offending items to be taken out before the next collection, two weeks later.

Contamination covers all items which are wrongly put in recycling bins. In some cases, pet litter and dead animals have even been found in recycling bins, making the entire bin, and potentially the entire lorry load, unfit to be recycled.

It can also cover items that can not be recycled under the district council's recycling contract, such as bedding, electrical goods, crisp packets, wood and even carrier bags.

The new rules have been introduced as having contamination bins comes at a cost to the council, which directly impacts on council tax.

Every recycling load refused by NKDC's contractors costs around £1,200 plus the expense of having to tip the waste as landfill rubbish.

Councillor Geoff Hazlewood, executive board member at NKDC with responsibility for recycling, said: "It's so important to get it right first time and only place items in the recycling bin that you know can be safely and successfully recycled.

"If in doubt, leave it out of the green-lidded bin, consult your tag saying what can be recycled and if it's not on there either put it in the black bin or think of other ways to dispose of it such as at the tip, via bulky collection, composting or at a charity shop."

North Kesteven has one of the best recycling rates in the country with residents recycling more than 50 per cent of their waste.

Mr Hazelwood added: "This is a real credit to the partnership we have with our residents and it's important that we continue to maintain our excellent record.

"Our recycling is hand sorted before being mechanically sorted hence we are reiterating the rules around recycling and repeated incidences of incorrect waste disposal might result in non-collection, to ensure the health and safety of staff. Staff are touring the district and will be in various Co-ops and supermarkets with all the information residents need to deal with their waste."

A full list of items that can be recycled is available online at www.n-kesteven.gov.uk or by e-mailing customerservices@n-kesteven.gov.uk .

Alternatively, the list has been printed on bin tags.

Further help is also available through NKDC's refuse hotline on 0800 174497.

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  • ranza1  |  October 06 2012, 10:08AM

    The reality is Local Authorities such as near neighbour East Riding are already exceeding 60% waste recycling and moving towards 70%. . Apply this to Lincs and waste to landfill becomes less than 50% of waste promised for burning in the Hykeham incinerator each year. With falling waste creation and supermarkets moving to zero waste Lincolnshire's commitment to incineration points to us joining other burning Authorities at the bottom of the recycling league. The decision to cut back on recycling facilities, extended queuing to use facilities and increased flytipping , all surely warrant investigation. The priority appears to be moving towards feeding the incinerator so pollution of material sadly becomes incidental. Those claiming energy from waste brownie points should check poor efficiency and the hazardous pollution the incinerater will create across Lincoln, equivalent to hundreds of thousands of additional vehicles when the fundamental £140 million cost could have financed bypass facilities reducing City pollution. BAT( best available technology ) could still be applied to this plant in order to minimise health and environmental impact. Where are our priorities?

  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  October 05 2012, 11:02PM

    Vexxed - Your inside knowledge does not extend to NK. There are not "Bins" for "Paper, Cans, Bottles and Plastic" (Top marks for recycling capital letters, though). There are bins for general waste, recyclables and garden waste. Within these categories, there is huge scope for confusion. A bottle or jar with a label seems to be acceptable, but a plastic container with some food waste is not. Some plastic food trays are marked with the three arrows suggesting recyclability, others are not. Supermarkets looking for the tiny profit margins are increasingly using new plastics that are not recyclable. As a child, I remember paying a refundable deposit for fizzy drink bottles, which I could return to the shop and reclaim a few pence, and taking an empty bottle to the chemist's to buy a pint of sherry for my mother (I was maybe 12 at the time). Milk was delivered in a bottle one day and the empty collected for re-use the next. Nowadays, the bottles would need to be collected and transported to recycling centres miles away, ground to dust after separation from tin cans and newspapers, melted and turned into new 'disposable' bottles. Is progress always in a forwards direction?

  • Ian_Heighton  |  October 05 2012, 6:46PM

    I thought this Government were supposed to be banning the Bin Gestapo! Looks like NKDC don't want us to recycle then - just put everything in landfill - problem solved

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  • FreedomSpeech  |  October 05 2012, 6:13PM

    It is of course unconscionable that people should have to go to the enormous effort of separating their rubbish in a small attempt to offset the enormous damage that we as a species do to the planet.

  • 917199  |  October 05 2012, 5:05PM

    You have 4 bins, no wonder..... I'd empty my trash into the bin that's got the least in, if NK want to sort it, be my guest, I only know what bin to put out each week by how full it is, imagin if you only collected once a month!

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  • GeorgeSomme  |  October 05 2012, 1:56PM

    What a load of tosh this is, why aren't the recycling 'operatives' sorting the rubbish into the correct areas, there is absolutely no reason why waste paper, cans, glass and plastic can't be placed in the same bin and sorted at the receiving depot, it doesn't even matter if food waste is included it will be destroyed in the extreme heat of the processes.

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  • Vexxed  |  October 05 2012, 12:43PM

    I work for a recycling sector, I am amazed at just how stupid some people are. There are 4 Bins. Paper, Cans, Bottles and Plastics. All clearly marked yet the amount of times I have to mark it off as refuse due to being mixed is incredible. It's not rocket science.

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  • OldLincolnia  |  October 05 2012, 12:29PM

    Full marks to NK. Just a pity more Councils don't follow their example. Let the moaners moan, but please carry on regardless, you know it makes sense.

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  • frenchfries59  |  October 05 2012, 11:46AM

    It is not difficult you get a sticker once a year that clearly stipulates what can and cannot be recycled, it is not difficult at all.

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  • GeorgeSomme  |  October 05 2012, 11:08AM

    The householder pays for their rubbish to be disposed of, it is the councils decision to go down this route not ours, what discussion have the council had with any of us about how we dispose of our rubbish, none, it is a one sided partnership, they make rules that are more and more difficult to comply with, using our money to enforce them.

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