Residents in Hartlepool have been asked to make sure they are accurately sorting out their rubbish, according to

A new scheme has recently been introduced into the area, which has seen residents’ poly bags and blue sacks replaced with grey wheeled bins. Blue recycling boxes in the area have been retained, however these are now only for glass, with tins and cans now needed to be placed in the grey bins alongside paper, plastic, cardboard and empty aerosols. 

However, some residents haven’t followed instructions correctly – disposing of rubbish incorrectly in their recycling bin. For example, many residents have still been placing tin cans in the blue boxes and placing non-recyclable items in the new grey bins. This has resulted in 12 tonnes of ruined recycling in the first week of the new scheme alone.

Talking about the situation, Fiona Srogi, the council’s waste management team leader, told “In the first week of the new arrangements, around 12 tonnes of potentially recyclable waste was ruined. This was out of a total of 1,000 tonnes of recyclable waste collected during that time.”

She continued: “Although 12 tonnes out of 1,000 tonnes seems like a relatively small amount, it is nonetheless waste which could and should have been recycled.”

Ms Srogi said if residents are still confused about which items can go in each box or bin, they will be able to find all the information on the Hartlepool recycling service website.

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