Warning over recycling bins

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RECYCLERS are being reminded to take care when putting cardboard into their green bins in Rotherham.

High levels of contamination in the bins – by plastic bags and liners, tape, polystyrene and general waste – are making the process of recycling card into compost more difficult and expensive, according to council bosses.

“We are not sure why this has been happening recently,” said Coun Richard Russell, cabinet member for waste.

“So we are simply reminding householders to place only clean cardboard and garden waste into their green bins, and to check there are no other items that will contaminate the bin.

“By doing this Rotherham people will continue their excellent record of recycling and will keep the authority’s landfill costs down.”

Since green bin collections first began in 2004, Rotherham householders have composted 100,000 tonnes of garden waste and cardboard.

This material is sent to Yorkshire Horticultural Supplies Ltd in Finningley, Doncaster, to be turned into peat-free compost. Any contaminants in the waste need to be removed prior to composting and if a load is badly contaminated it results in the whole load being sent to landfill.