Four strikes move to tackle bad recycling

Councillor Stephen Watson deals with contaminated household recycling.
Councillor Stephen Watson deals with contaminated household recycling.

Hambleton district councillors are introducing tough new measures to control the rise in contaminated household recycling.

They have agreed a ‘four strikes and you’re out’ policy for Hambleton householders that continue to place the wrong items in their recycling bins.

Members of the council’s cabinet agreed to amend the authority’s Waste and Recycling Collection Policy on contamination.

It will now mean that:

l First contamination – the bin will not be emptied and a leaflet explaining why will be left – it is the residents responsibility to remove the contamination to allow future emptying

l Second contamination – the bin will not be emptied and a letter issued

l Third contamination – the bin will not be emptied and warning letter issued to say service will be removed unless it ceases

l Fourth contamination – the bin will not be emptied and service will be suspended for three months. After that period it will be reintroduced with recycling taken in clear sacks – and monitored.

If contamination continues the service will be withdrawn completely.

Councillor Stephen Watson, portfolio holder for waste services said: “The majority of householders have embraced our schemes and make a massive contribution to the amount we send for recycling.

“However this new policy will allow us to take action against the small number of householders that continue to place the wrong items in their recycling bins.”