Think before you ‘green bin’ it
We are launching a new campaign to help residents understand what should go in their green recycling bin.
Why has this campaign been launched?
The campaign will see waste advisors checking the contents of the green bins to help residents understand what should, or should not be included. The campaign is aimed at addressing Kirklees’ significantly low recycling rate which, at 27%, falls well below the national average of 45%.
A council officer said:
We have got to create change to impact our recycling rates and we must take action now. Kirklees Council is committed to providing a clean green, sustainable environment for our community but we can’t do it alone – to make a difference we need our residents’ help.
Over the next four months we will be out and about talking to households and providing help and advice. I am very hopeful that our new approach to recycling will be met with positivity – especially because our communities are very conscious about the irreversible effects of our carbon footprint. So I am asking every household to stop and check before putting anything in a green bin that they are not sure can go in it.
What will recycling and waste advisors do?
Recycling and waste advisors will be physically checking every green bin in Kirklees to help residents’ understand what should be in the bins. The campaign follows a previous pilot of two bin collection rounds where monitoring saw a 20% increase to accepted vehicle loads at the waste transfer station.
Why is this happening?
Some households are unsure of what can and cannot go in a green bin so this exercise will help to clear up any misunderstandings. Items such as soiled nappies, food waste, glass and black bin liners should never be placed in a green bin.
What if I get a yellow sticker on my green bin?
A yellow sticker will be placed on bins containing the wrong items. Advisors will then contact households before the next scheduled bin collection to explain why a sticker was given and what needs to happen to address this.
Advisors, along with ward councillors, will be out and about checking bins and talking to residents in South Kirklees until 25 May – following this, they will then be in North Kirklees from 27 May up to 26 July.
Information about correct use of green bins can be found here on our website.