Green recycling bins – Frequently asked questions
What is Kirklees Council’s green bin campaign?
We launched a new campaign in April to help residents understand what should go in their green recycling bin.
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.
Are bins being inspected?
Recycling and waste advisors 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 20 May up to 26 July.
Crews will continue to monitor green bins once the advisor team has moved on.
Why are the council doing this?
We’re doing this because we need to improve Kirklees’ recycling rates which, at 27 per cent, falls well below the national average of 45 per cent.
One of the main causes of this is the fact that around 40 per cent of our green bin contents is contaminated with items such as food waste, nappies and other bagged waste.
What happens to contaminated recycling?
When someone puts something which can’t be recycled in a green bin, it contaminates everything else in the wagon once it’s collected. This means that when one person doesn’t recycle properly, everyone else’s efforts to recycle are completely lost as the whole load then has to be treated as general waste and will have to be either sent to landfill or incineration.
What happens if a wrong item goes in 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.
How are residents helped to understand what can go in their green bins?
Starting on 1 April, the campaign has seen recycling and waste advisors checking the contents of the green bins to help residents understand what should, or should not be included.
What happens if a green bin receives a yellow sticker?
A yellow sticker is placed on bins containing the wrong items. Advisors then contact households before the next scheduled bin collection to explain why a sticker was given and what needs to happen to address this.
Are Kirklees Council taking people’s green bins away?
Residents who continually fail to recycle properly, after being educated by council officers and receiving warnings, will have their green bins taken away for six months. After six months it will be returned, at which point an advisor will be present to provide further support in correct usage.
Won’t taking green bins away mean less waste is recycled?
Actually, it’s already having the opposite effect. This is because by removing those bins that are contaminated or not emptying them it means the rest of the load can now be recycled.
Has it made a difference?
Since the start of this campaign we are already recycling 45-85 additional tonnes every week in Huddersfield. That’s between nine and 17 full waggons.
To make a difference, we all have a part to play and we would like to say a very big thank you to all our committed residents in Huddersfield and Holme Valley who have made this fantastic improvement possible.
Information about correct use of green bins can be found here on our website.