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Good recyclers get a 'thank-you' in Fenland others get a lesson in how to use their blue bins

More than 300 tonnes of Fenland's recyclable waste has been rejected so far this year thanks to contamination.

A report to Wednesday's Fenland Council meeting highlights the issues with the district's recycling and outlines what action is being carried out to address them.

The report explains the overall tonnage of dry recycling put into blue bins by Fenland residents has dropped compared to this time last year, while the amount of contamination has increased.

Sorting waste at a recycling centre (16445531)
Sorting waste at a recycling centre (16445531)

It said the educational, and linked volunteer activities, across the area form the basis of the council’s approach to improving the amount of waste customers recycle through their blue bins.

Supervisors regularly visit rounds ahead of the recycling collections to inspect recycling and deliver educational materials where required.

Customers actively recycling all the materials possible receive a thank you tag on their bin and all customers receive information on recycling. Second visits are scheduled to measure improvements.

So far this year more than 8,500 visits have taken place and resulted in improved numbers of customers correctly presenting their recycling materials.

This work by supervisors supports the day to day work of the recycling crews who make a visual check of recycling bins at collection and have rejected 4,097 blue bins with obvious contamination so far this year; 0.8 per cent of those put out for collection.

Even with the crews’ and supervisors’ actions to reduce the levels of unwanted materials the company sorting the dry recycling materials, Amey, report that 311 tonnes so far this year were materials not acceptable in the bin. This is an increase on the same period last year.

A range of actions are in place to tackle the incorrect materials in the blue bins, including information to all customers, bespoke blue bin stickers, local work by Getting It Sorted volunteers and a continued focus from the waste team through their positive campaign.

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