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Stoke-on-Trent City Council urges it's residents to be responsible and get recycling



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Residents urged to recycle responsibly

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is urging people to help keep landfill charges down by recycling responsibly.

The call comes after refuse collectors repeatedly discovered non-recyclable materials in recycling bins at homes across the city.

If waste is mixed together, it cannot be recycled and instead has to go to landfill. It cost the city council £83,000 in additional charges in 2012.

Councillor Andy Platt, cabinet member for green enterprises and clean city, said:

“Contamination of recyclable and non-recyclable waste causes big problems for us on a number of levels. Firstly, it means that we have to send rubbish that could have been recycled, to landfill. This costs us money that we cannot afford to spend given the challenging financial times.

“Secondly, it is damaging to the environment. It is vital that we do our utmost to reuse and recycle everything we can.

“I would urge people to think about what they are putting into their bins. It will only take a few minutes, but will have a big impact on our finances and the environment. I would also like to thank the many people who are already recycling successfully.”

The following waste can be put in the grey bin:

·         Household waste

The following waste can be put in the blue bin:

 

·         Cardboard

·         Plastic – including yoghurt pots

·         Glass bottles and jars

·         Metal and aluminium cans – including aerosols

The following waste can be put in the brown bin:

 

·         Grass cuttings

·         Prunings

·         Food – which can be wrapped in paper

The following waste can be put in the green box (if you do have a blue bin):

 

·         Newspapers and magazines

·         Junk mail and catalogues

·         Yellow Pages

·         Telephone directories

 

The following waste can be put in the green box (if you don’t have a blue bin):

 

·         Glass

·         Tins

·         Plastic bottles

·         Cardboard

The following waste can be put in the blue bag (if you don’t have a blue bin):

 

·         Newspapers and magazines

·         Junk mail and catalogues

·         Yellow Pages

·         Telephone directories

It is important not to contaminate the blue or brown bins. If residents have any doubts, they should put waste into the grey bin.

 

People can also drop off outmoded small electrical items, batteries, televisions, clothing and accessories among other goods at the household waste recycling centres.

 

The facility on Campbell Road, Hanford, is open from 8am-6pm on weekdays and 8am-5pm at the weekend.

 

The centre at Federation Road, Burslem, is open from 9am-6pm weekdays and 9am-5pm at the weekend.

 

The gates will be shut 15 minutes before closing time at each site.

 

For more information on recycling call 01782 234234 or visit www.stoke.gov.uk/binday

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