Residents thanked for recycling efforts over festive season

Waste Less in TamworthTamworth Borough Council and Lichfield District Council are thanking people from across both areas for a marked improvement in recycling habits this festive season.

The councils’ Joint Waste Service launched a campaign before Christmas to highlight how black bin bags and other items can contaminate recycling loads.

As part of the campaign, stickers were stuck on blue bins to warn that these would not be emptied if black bin liners were used in them. A new Waste Less Guide was also produced to remind people what to recycle and to share recycling tips.

The Joint Waste Service is pleased to announce that due to renewed efforts, no loads were rejected by the recycling centre during the festive season.

Cllr John Chesworth, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Culture and Operational Services, said: “Thank you to everyone for the massive improvement we have seen in the quality of recycling that has been going in to your blue bins since we reminded people what can and can’t be recycled. This focused particularly on not using black bin liners to bag recycling, making sure recyclables have been washed out properly and ensuring only items that can be recycled are put into the blue bin.

“It has resulted in none of our truck-loads of recycling being rejected, which is great news, considering how much more we all recycle at this time of year. It means more waste can be recycled, rather than being sent to landfill – which is what happens to contaminated loads that are rejected by the recycling centre.

“We hope people keep up the good work by continuing to use the blue bins for paper, card, cans, plastics and glass, and remembering that items such as food, nappies, animal bedding, polystyrene and general waste, should go in your black bins only.”

Information about what can and can’t be recycled is included on the back of bin calendars, which have been sent to all homes, and in the new Waste Less Guide, which is available to view at www.tamworth.gov.uk/wasteless. Recyclable material can be put directly into the blue bin loose, or bagged in clear bags.

The councils are also taking this opportunity to thank residents for bearing with them over the Christmas and New Year’s break, when some waste and recycling rounds were delayed due to staff illness. Extra crews were deployed and all Tamworth rounds were caught up by January 4.

Cllr Chesworth added: “We’re really sorry if we didn’t manage to get to your bin on your allotted day over the festive break. We know it’s inconvenient and we thank you for your patience.”