Council ask Residents to Recycle Carefully

BINHANGER_103452Eastleigh  residents are being reminded to put the right item in the right bin as Eastleigh Borough Council  aims to improve its recycling rate.

To help guide residents on what can be recycled in their green recycling bins, a new yellow and red bin hanger information scheme is being introduced. The council’s collection crews will leave a bin hanger on any green recycling bin that contains incorrect materials, to let a resident know what items they may have put in the bin that cannot be collected for recycling. The hangers have foldable tabs to let residents know which incorrect item(s) their green recycling bin contains.

Initially a yellow bin information hanger will be left on any green recycling bins informing residents of the incorrect item(s) in the bin, if a resident receives a yellow hanger their green recycling bin will still be collected. After a period of four weeks (two collections), a red bin hanger will be placed on any bin if it still contains incorrect items. This means the bin will not be emptied until the incorrect item(s) are removed so that the bin can be emptied.

A spokesman for Eastleigh Borough Council said that the Council had two reports in the summer months where 20% of the materials collected for recycling from green recycling bins was not able to be recycled. The incorrect materials that were found within the recycling included food waste, health care waste and general household waste.

Cabinet Lead for Environment & Sustainability Cllr Louise Bloom said;

“ Better quality recycling means that we can continue to protect our environment and help minimise the cost of providing our waste and recycling services. I encourage all residents to make sure they put the right item in the right bin.”

“We are delighted to still be the best performing recycling Council in Hampshire and this year we have collected and recycled over 3390 tonnes of mixed recycling (since April 2014) from green recycling bins. By continuing to recycle together I hope we can recycle even more in the future.”

Residents can recycle all their paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, aerosols, food tins and drinks cans in their green recycling bin. For more information about recycling visit

www.eastleigh.gov.uk/recycling

Ray Turner

Formerly a Civil-Servant and IT Specialist at ONS, Ray is now semi-retired and spare-time self-employed. He contributes to Eastleigh News on a voluntary basis and is also an administrator for the site. 

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  2 comments for “Council ask Residents to Recycle Carefully

  1. October 9, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    The bins in the cul-de-sac where I live weren’t collected on schedule this week. They have been emptied now though, two days late. I was watching at the time and noticed the contents of the green recycling bin and the brown-topped garden waste bin going into the back of the same vehicle.

    It seems that the unsatisfactory recycling rate is not entirely due to householders putting the wrong things in the green bins. The waste is not being kept separate when collected by the Council..

    • Graham Hunter
      October 11, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      We had the operative chuck the battery bag into the glass bin a month or so back.
      Reported it to the council who did not seem to concerned.

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