Residents in Trafford will be getting information about making sure they are recycling properly later this month.
The Greater Manchester wide scheme, backed by comedian Dave Spikey, is urging people to make sure their waste goes into the right bin, and does not cause contamination meaning the materials can’t be recycled.
Although residents are able to recycle their plastic bottles by putting them in their black bins, Trafford Council’s bin crews have found everything from children’s plastic toys to hose pipes and plastic kitchen colanders placed in residents’ recycling bins.
Smaller materials such as plastic bags, yoghurt pots, plastic trays and wrappings from newspapers and magazine also cause problems if placed in the black recycling bins. These items cannot be recycled as very few companies are able to turn them into new products.
Executive Councillor John Reilly said: “It’s vital that the correct bins are used when recycling, and it is also equally important that the correct type of items are put in these bins especially where plastics are concerned, to avoid contamination. Plastic bottles only can be put into the black bin, and anything else could lead to the bin may not being emptied.
“However those plastic bottles that you find in the kitchen, the bathroom and under the sink, such as washing up liquid, squash and bleach bottles, can be recycled and turned into items such as car bumpers and garden furniture, rather than being sent to landfill.”
Any other type of plastic, such as plastic bags, food trays, yoghurt pots, plastic film, and plant pots, cannot be recycled and should be placed in the grey rubbish bin – as well as items like children’s toys, unless they are in a good enough condition to reuse or send to a charity shop.
All glass, cans, tins, plastic bottles and foil should be placed in the black bin, while paper, cardboard, food and drinks cartons should be placed in the blue bin.
As part of the campaign residents are in with the chance of being a lucky instant winner of £100, simply by visiting the Recycle for Greater Manchester website and entering their ‘code’ printed in the information pack. By entering the prize draw residents can also be in with a chance of winning £500 worth of high street shopping vouchers.