Residents in Northamptonshire are being urged to double-check what they put out for recycling as part of a county-wide initiative to ensure the ‘right stuff’ goes in the ‘right bin’.
The awareness campaign is being run by the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership in a bid to make sure people only put the correct materials in their recycling containers.
This is because waste crews across the county are increasingly finding the wrong items in kerbside recycling bins and boxes.
Black bin bags, crisp packets, nappies and polystyrene are among the non-recyclable items which sometimes find their way into recycling bins - something which risks entire loads being rejected at the recycling plant.
The Right Stuff, Right Bin campaign will be launched by the Partnership at a roadshow on the Piazza in Brackley on Wednesday, 27 September, during National Recycle Week.
The campaign features a video reminding people what materials can and cannot be recycled and leaflets have been produced providing detailed information about how to recycle in specific areas of the county.
All of the local authorities in Northamptonshire are getting involved and there will be roadshow events taking place across the county.
People can watch the video and discover details of events happening in their area.
Councillor Tim Allebone, Chairman of the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership, said:
"In Northamptonshire we currently recycle or compost about half of our household waste. This is something to celebrate, and I would like to thank all of our residents across the county for their efforts.
"But while we are doing well, we can always do better. One of the issues we’re increasingly seeing is wrong items being placed in kerbside recycling bins. Unfortunately, when items are put into the wrong bin it can prevent a whole load from being recycled, costing taxpayers a lot more to throw it away.
"The Right Stuff, Right Bin campaign aims to remind residents of where their waste materials should go, so that they can be recycled efficiently."