Borough Insight


It was going so well. We had gone a full ten full weeks without any recycling being rejected. Then this week, 11.5 tonnes of recycling, contaminated with sanitary products, nappies and food, was rejected at the Materials Recycling Facility.

Image: Recycling contaminationIn cases where a truck load of co-mingled recycling is heavily contaminated, the whole load, streets-worth of recycling, will have to be sent for incineration as the sorting machinery can’t cope. As well as being a waste of time and money, this is frustrating for the majority of households who have separated their recycling.

Where there are lower levels of contamination, the Materials Recycling Facility may accept the material, but their staff will have to sort it by hand – not a pleasant job.

To protect the recycling efforts of the local community, our staff will reject bins that are obviously contaminated.

Please only put recycling in your mixed recycling bin. Not doing so risks your whole community’s recycling efforts.


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