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Recycling bin audits

Our recycling contractors now complete random audits of recycling bins around the district. This enables them to make sure what goes into wheelie bins, can be recycled and is safe for our contractors.

If your recycling bin or glass crate has been tagged, it will indicate on the tag why it wasn’t emptied. It will be emptied in the next collection, provided the incorrect items have been removed. Reasons your wheelie bin could be tagged include:

  • Non recyclablable plastic (grades 3, 4, 6 and 7)
  • Dirty recyclables 1, 2 and 5, and dirty tins and cans (these must be rinsed clean of all food residue)
  • Hazardous waste (needles, nappies, dead animals) and green waste (like food waste or grass clippings)
  • General household waste which should be in your MPDC rubbish bag
  • Glass crate could be overfull and exceed the acceptable weight limits or contain broken glass  

When recycling is added to the collection truck, it is compacted - so you can imagine that hazardous waste like a dirty nappy and grass clippings will contaminate everything in the truck load - and will cause the entire truck to go to landfill. This means everyones elses hard work to recycle properly is wasted.    

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