Monday, 18 July 2011

Top Scoring Council Keen to Raise Recycling Target

Stratford Council are reminding residents to seperate their rubbish into the correct bin.

By Ben Aulakh

Close to 60 per cent off all the household waste in Stratford is recycled or composted, making it one of the top five performing councils in the country for waste management.

The town’s district council was recently marked out for its excellence in this area with the local authority managing to recycle 58.6 per cent of domestic rubbish. 

As recycling levels continue to rise in the district, the council are reminding residents about what can be recycled and what can't, to prevent contamination of reusable items with rubbish that must go to landfill.

Food waste and garden waste should be put in to a green-lidded bin either loose, in a compostable bag or wrapped in newspaper.

Polystyrene wrap or cling film, and disposable nappies should be put into people’s grey refuse bins.

The council are also urging people to donate hard plastic items such as toys, coat hangers and plant pots, as well as clothes and shoes to the St Michaels Hospice shop at Burton Farm Household Waste and Recycling Centre.

Councillor Mike Brain, Technical Services Portfolio said, “We really appreciate the efforts of our residents in separating materials for recycling.

“It is really important that we minimise the contamination of recyclable materials to ensure everything that is sent for recycling is recycled.”

“Contamination could result in a whole vehicle load being rejected and then sent to landfill, This could means that perfectly good recycling could go to waste and undermines people's efforts of separating out their rubbish.”

“This would also cost the council more, and our rate of recycling would decrease.”

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