Residents across Stafford Borough have been praised for leading the way in a recycling initiative that has been successful in its first year.
Stafford Borough Council introduced a blue bag for paper and cardboard around 12 months ago as part of their recycling drive. And latest figures demonstrate that contamination in the recycling blue bin has dropped to just eight percent – better than the around 15% recorded last year.
It has led to other local authorities contacting the Borough Council and its recycling and waste contractors, Veolia, to ask for details of the blue bag scheme.
Now the council is asking householders to help drive the contamination figure down further by ensuring there is no paper or cardboard in the blue bin.
If contamination is found in recycling it can lead to the whole bin lorry load being rejected which can cost around £2,000 – a charge that is passed onto the council. And having cardboard in the blue bag ensures it is cleaner and can be recycled to a higher quality which has already saved tens of thousands of pounds for the authority.
All the recycling materials collected from borough households are kept in the UK for reprocessing.
Councillor Jonathan Price, Cabinet Member for Environment at the Borough Council, said: “I’ve been so pleased to see how well residents have backed the new recycling initiative and this has led to some great results already – so much so that both ourselves and Veolia have had enquiries from other local authorities to find out more on our blue bag scheme.
“But we do not want to rest on our laurels – and I am urging all our householders to make sure that any paper or cardboard is put into the blue bag. This ensures that the recycling is of better quality and saving thousands of pounds for the council.”
You can find out more about recycling in Stafford Borough from Recycling and Waste - Know Your Bins | Stafford Borough Council (staffordbc.gov.uk)
Press Release No: 5772