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Contaminated recycling bins

Contamination happens when non-recyclable items are put in your recycling bin. This can lead to entire vehicle loads of recycling being contaminated and then having to be sent for disposal as non-recycling, therefore contaminated bins will not be collected. Any items contaminating the bin must be removed before your next scheduled collection.

How do I know if my bin is contaminated?

Our collection crew will place either a hanger or yellow sticker on any contaminated recycling bins containing one or more of the contaminating items below. All of these items should be removed before your next scheduled collection.

Common contaminating items include:

 

Where should it go?

  • Nappies

Dispose in your black non-recycling bin

  • Clothing and textiles

Donate or recycle at the Reuse and Recycling Centre, Summers Lane

  • Black bags and carrier bags

Dispose in your black non-recycling bin

  • Food waste

Dispose in your black non-recycling bin

  • Electrical items

Recycle at the Reuse and Recycling Centre, Summers Lane

  • Hard plastics

Donate, reuse or dispose in your black non-recycling bin

  • Wood

Recycle at the Reuse and Recycling Centre, Summers Lane

These items should not go in your recycling bin.

What do I do with the contaminating items?

Any contaminating items must be removed from your recycling bin and disposed of as set out in the table above before your next scheduled collection day. You can also take some of the items that we can’t collect in your recycling bin to the Reuse and Recycling centre, Summers Lane for recycling.

Alternatively, you can book a chargeable non-recycling collection to empty your recycling bin by calling 0208 359 5131.

Please note, your scheduled collections cannot take place again until all contaminants have been removed from your bin.

Why can I only put recycling in my blue bin?

Your blue bin is for recyclable items only. This is in line with council policy. Non-recyclable items should go in your black non-recycling bin.

Recycling is taken to a Material Recovery Facility, where it is separated by material type and then sent to be made into new items. Find out more on what happens to your recycling.

Contamination can cause entire vehicle loads of recycling to be rejected, so instead of being sent to be made into new materials, it will be treated as non-recycling. Most of your household waste can be recycled so it is important to recycle as much as possible but also to do it correctly.  Remember: if in doubt, leave it out!

Find out what can go in your recycling bin and how to dispose of non-recyclable items

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