Published: 11:40, 29 August 2019
| Updated: 12:15, 29 August 2019
In a crackdown on high levels of recycling contamination residents' bins will be slapped with stickers in one Kent borough.
From Monday, council officers and bin crews will be placing yellow 'warning' labels on offending bins during recycling collection weeks in Ashford and Tenterden - stating the load will not be emptied until the incorrect items are removed.
Ashford Borough Council has launched the campaign to tackle an increase of incorrect recycling in the borough and maintain its reputation as one of the top 10% of local authorities in the UK for recycling.
Four loads of recyclable waste were rejected at the material recovery facility earlier this year and were instead transferred from the waste plant to be incinerated and turned to create energy.
The rejected loads contained food waste, nappies, sanitary waste and other miscellaneous items.
The scheme was last rolled out in 2015, as part of the council's efforts to crackdown on poor recycling habits across the borough.
The campaign has been visible on social media over the past weeks, and staff have been speaking with residents before the stickering commences next week.
Cllr Andrew Buchanan, portfolio holder for environment and land management, said: "We want to assure the residents of Ashford that this isn’t a form of punishment.
"Rather it’s a way to ensure we are not forced to lose any additional good quality recycling from the majority of residents who are trying hard and doing the right thing.
"We’re currently at a 56% recycling rate so most people are doing it correctly. We want to support those residents and their brilliant efforts. Improving recycling rates is a big step in helping the borough to become even more environmentally friendly."
Tips for recycling in Ashford and Tenterden
Visit the council's website for more information.