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Move to stop green bin contamination

PUBLISHED: 12:18 23 December 2008 | UPDATED: 12:37 03 July 2010

RUBBISH that could be recycled is being dumped in landfill because some householders are still not disposing of their waste properly.

Waste in green bins contaminated with even small amounts of general refuse cannot be recycled.

RUBBISH that could be recycled is being dumped in landfill because some householders are still not disposing of their waste properly.

Waste in green bins contaminated with even small amounts of general refuse cannot be recycled.

Last week communal re-cycling bins at flats in Gorleston were found to contain non-recyclable items and had to be emptied with general waste.

Much of the problem is caused by people bundling up rubbish in plastic bags and now the borough council is looking at providing recyclable bags for green waste.

Environment services manager Simon Mutten said: “When our guys check in the recycling bin and see it contains more that 10pc general waste it has to go into the ordinary truck.

“If we took contaminated rubbish to the recycling centre it would get rejected - it costs the council £3,500 every year to deal with this problem.”

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