Oct 10 2011 Wirral Council
Wirral residents are urged to keep their eyes peeled for the brand new household refuse and recycling calendars, which are due to drop through their letterboxes anytime now.
The calendar informs residents of collection arrangements for their green and grey wheelie bins for the next two years and it is vital that everyone looks at it, not just to check their collection day, but also because it contains important reminders about what waste should be deposited in each bin.
Cllr. Harry Smith, Wirral Council Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Transport Services, said: “With the help and dedication of residents, we now recycle nearly 40% of all household waste in Wirral, an increase of 4% in the last two years.
“These figures show that generally people’s understanding of what they should and shouldn’t place in their grey recycling bin is good. However, there are a still a couple of common mistakes made which, if addressed, could push our figure closer to the 50% mark.”
The information contained within the calendars going out to residents will help people address some of these common mistakes, which include:-
· Leaving lids on glass jars – both are recyclable, but they need to be separated!
· Putting shredded paper into the recycling bin – when paper is shredded into small pieces, the fibres become too small to be recyclable. Newspapers, magazines, junk mail, windowless envelopes, paper bags, wrapping paper (without sticky tape), catalogues and telephone directories can all go in the recycling bin. The best place for shredded paper is a home compost bin!
· Not knowing your plastics - plastic bottles, including lids, can be recycled; plastic containers such as margarine, yoghurt and ice cream tubs cannot – even if they have the recycling symbol on them, there aren’t the reprocessing facilities here to recycle these containers.
· Plastic carrier bags also cannot be recycled, so its important that any items put into the recycling bin are not grouped together in a plastic bag.
The information leaflets also contain advice on how best to recycle other things that can’t be collected through the grey bins, such as textiles and Tetra-Pak waxed cartons, as well as giving guidance on other ways of helping the environment.
Delivery of the refuse and recycling calendars gets underway today – look out for yours!