Thu. Jun 1st, 2023

Printed: Friday, third February 2023

The Council has seen a ten.7 per cent drop within the quantity of recycling being rejected, when it’s first sorted, following the launch of the borough’s new contamination coverage final November.

Cllr Averil Lekau, Cupboard Member for Cupboard Member for Local weather Change, Setting and Transport, mentioned:

“Because of the efforts of our residents to recycle successfully, the quantity of recycling being rejected when it’s first sorted has decreased from 14.5% in November to three.8% in December 2022.

“That is good information – by placing the best factor in the best bin, collectively we’re guaranteeing that extra of our waste is recycled and fewer is being incinerated consequently. By recycling extra of our family waste there can be extra room in our black high bins, which can be collected each two weeks from 27 February.

“When you’re nonetheless not sure of what ought to go into your inexperienced, blue and black high wheelie bins, you’ll find updated info on our web site.”

Recycling is rejected when it comprises non-recyclable objects. Sadly, giant quantities of contaminated objects may end up in your complete truck load being rejected by the primary sorting station, which suggests everyone’s efforts to recycle go to waste.

To sort out this drawback, from 14 November 2022, the Council stopped amassing inexperienced and blue high bins containing the inaccurate objects.

If the Council’s waste crew discover the incorrect merchandise(s) in a bin, a tag is positioned on the bin and the resident receives a letter explaining that the merchandise must be eliminated. If a bin is contaminated 3 times inside a three-month interval, it will likely be eliminated completely.

The Council’s waste advisors have additionally been attending many affected properties to assist residents establish the objects they should take away.

For the reason that new coverage started, over 60 per cent of all residents who had one in every of their recycling bins tagged, eliminated the inaccurate merchandise and haven’t gone on to infect their bin once more.

Residents can keep away from contaminating their recycling bins by:

rinsing any objects which have meals on

placing dry, blended recycling into the blue high bin free, not in baggage

utilizing a transparent plastic sack in the event that they don’t use wheelie bins

solely placing meals and backyard waste within the inexperienced high bin

ensuring compostable baggage have the seedling emblem on

checking what ought to go in every bin at utilizing our on-line listing.

The Council’s up to date contamination coverage is a part of the borough’s transfer in the direction of zero waste. From 27 February, basic waste wheelie bins can be collected each two weeks. Further baggage that aren’t contained throughout the black high wheelie bin gained’t be collected.

Properties that would not have bins, and use sacks solely, and residents in flats with giant communal/shared bins is not going to be affected by the upcoming modifications.

Enhancing family recycling charges are simply one of many methods the Royal Brough of Greenwich is tackling the local weather disaster and enhancing its environmental sustainability – one of many missions of the Council’s new company plan, Our Greenwich, which can information its selections over the subsequent 4 years.

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