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Is the UK confused by recycling rules?

clip_image002Recent reports from the BBC discovered that there are serious problems in England with contaminated recycling. Reportedly as much as 338,000 tonnes of household waste was rejected from recycling facilities in 2014/15 which is an increase of 84% in the last four years.

According to the data, the worst performing areas have been those where combined refuse collections take place. This is where all recycled items are collected together rather than home owners separating them into different categories for collection. In Kirklees, West Yorkshire the rate of rejection was 14.99%, which is far higher than the national average of 3%.

However, despite the increase in rejections there has been an overall increase in national recycling rates in the past four years, rising from 10.7 million tonnes to 11 million tonnes.

With so much waste being contaminated though the question has to be asked, are households aware of what they can and cannot throw out?

Leicester Council has strict rules over the waste it will collect and the following items are banned from general waste bins:

· Aerosol cans

· Asbestos

· Batteries

· Clinical or sanitary waste

· Electrical goods, including fridge/freezer, TV monitors

· Fluorescent tubes

· Hazardous chemicals such as solvent based products, some cleaning products or items contaminated with hazardous chemicals, including used containers

· Oil, petrol, diesel or paraffin, brake fluid, antifreeze or items contaminated with these liquids including containers

· Old cathode ray tube television or computer screens

· Pesticides

· Plasterboard or cement products

· Tyres

· Wood preservatives

Leicester council also provides orange bags which can be used for some of the items not allowed in general waste. Click here for details of what can and can’t go into them.

Here at LSPS (link to: recycling is of great importance to us and we help businesses and individuals all across Leicestershire to reduce the amount of their waste that ends up at landfill sites. Our Waste Transfer Station is open to traders and has an extensive range of state of the art equipment.

To find out how about we can help with your waste disposal needs please contact us on 0800 083 7807, or visit our website for further information.

Plastic bag charge proving a success across England

Plastic bag charge proving a successFigures have been revealed that show that the new levy introduced on plastic bags is having an impressive impact on the amount of plastic bags being used in supermarkets.

In the six month period following the introduction of charging for plastic bags, it was estimated that 640 million plastic bags were used in major supermarkets across England. However, while this figure may sound high, it is a massive reduction when compared with data from 2014 which shows that 7.64 billion bags were used that year. The current trends mean that there should be a drop of 83% by the time a year has passed.

The charge was introduced in Wales in 2011, Northern Ireland in 2013, Scotland in 2014 and England in 2015. It requires any retailer with over 250 full-time members of staff to charge 5p for a single-use plastic bag.

However, shoppers can buy thicker, reusable ‘bags for life’ which are slightly more expensive but can be returned for a free replacement when they run out.

Why are plastic bags so bad?

- Plastic bags are hazardous to wildlife such as seabirds, sea mammals and fish. The tiny particles are often ingested, and birds often become entrapped

- In England, it costs taxpayers £10 million a year to clean up plastic bag waste

- Plastic bags are inefficient; they use lots of natural resources such as oil in creation but are often used for less than 20 minutes.

- Decomposition is extremely difficult and is said to take up to 1,000 years.

We take recycling seriously at LSPS. For more information or to find out how we can help with your waste disposal efforts, please visit our website or call us on freephone 0800 083 7807.

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