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Council will return green bins without extra charge.

By TONY EARNSHAW Local Democracy Reporter @LdrTony RESIDENTS in Kirklees who have had their green bins confiscated as part of a crackdown on recycling will NOT have to pay a fee to have them returned.

Kirklees Council revealed last week that it had seized more than 1,300 bins since April 1 when advisors began checking contents for non-recyclable waste.

It described the removal of green bins as "a last resort".

The crackdown has proved unpopular with some residents. However others have backed the council's stance.

The authority introduced a more robust approach to recycling as part of a move towards driving up its recycling rates.

It says the scheme has had "a tremendous amount of success" leading to the recycling of 45-85 additional tonnes of green waste every week in Huddersfield - up to 17 full bin lorries.

Residents who have contaminated their green waste with nonrecyclable rubbish receive a yellow warning sticker on their bin from an advisor.

If their bin contains wrong items on a second occasion their bin is seized and taken to a waste depot.

They can apply to have the bin returned after six months.

But there will be no fee to have it returned.

Twelve advisors have been hired on temporary contracts until July at a cost of PS80,000. Most are agency staff.

Working alongside bin crews they have been active in South Kirklees since April and will shift their focus to North Kirklees from May 27.

The council is not inspecting grey bins.

Clr Naheed Mather, the council's Cabinet Member for Environment, commented: "While we have removed bins, we can return them, and further information [is] provided so the situation does not occur again.

"The campaign we have run has proved successful in the south of the borough and we are taking stock, and seeing what we need to change to ensure that we have an even greater impact in the north of the borough when we roll out our approach there shortly.

"We want to thank the thousands of residents who have worked with us, and are helping to improve our recycling rates.

"Unfortunately, there is a minority of people who use their recycling bin as an additional household waste bin, and some people who are not clear what should go in to each bin.

"We have committed additional resources to work with our residents, so we can all do what is best for the environment of Kirklees.

"This includes, as a last resort, the removal of bins where residents, despite our efforts, continue to put material in our recycling bins which we cannot recycle."

Some residents are confused over what they can and cannot deposit in their green bin.

|In Kirklees the following CAN be put in a green bin: Aerosols, bottle tops and lids - metal only. Plastic tops and lids cannot be recycled, Cans, cardboard, envelopes with stamps, greetings cards, paper (but not shredded paper), photographs (digitally printed), plastic bottles (clean), metal tins |The following CANNOT be put in a green bin: Drinks and food cartons, Tetrapaks, foil, glass, hard plastics, light bulbs, metal pots and pans, photographs (old), plastic netting, plant pots, sheeting, trays, scrap metals, toothpaste tubes, tyres, wallpaper, white goods, wrapping paper.

A warning letter sent to residents if they contaminate waste in their green bins
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
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Date:May 27, 2019
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