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Bin it right
Tuesday 12th November, 2013

Bin it right
Alisha Flynn, 10, and Leigh Bowhill, 9

Local residents have been learning to ‘bin it right’ at a recycling event in Aspull. The council’s environmental officers were on hand last week, showing visitors what goes where in an effort to reduce the amount of contamination found in the borough’s bins.

Ellen Belshaw, waste education officer at Wigan Council, said:

“The event was a huge success with local residents stopping by to ask questions and learn more about recycling.

“After talking to residents, it’s clear that they want to get recycling right, but occasionally come across items of rubbish that they’re unsure about. They were shocked when we showed them examples of wrong items found in the brown recycling bin, such as toasters, coat hangers and even a lawnmower. Our message is to keep it simple - if you’re unsure, pop it in the black waste bin.”

Research shows that the brown bin causes the most confusion among residents, with electrical items, plant pots, toys and plastic bags wrongly placed there. Contamination costs the local taxpayer around £40,000 each year.

The brown bin can only take certain plastics, including pop bottles, margarine tubs and yoghurt pots. To find out what goes in which bin visit: www.wigan.gov.uk/whichbin

Councillor Kevin Anderson, Wigan Council’s cabinet member for the environment, attended yesterday’s recycling event. He said: “Over the last few years, recycling rates have increased significantly and continue to do so. It’s great to see the enthusiasm of our residents who recycle as much as possible. There has been a substantial change to bin collections over recent years and I appreciate the patience and cooperation of residents who are making every effort to do their bit for the environment.”

Our Lady’s RC Primary School children, Alisha Flynn, 10, and Leigh Bowhill, 9, have been learning about the environment at school and came along to share their knowledge of recycling.

The recycling team will be spreading the contamination message even further across the borough next month when they hold another event at Tesco’s in Wigan on Thursday 12th December between 11am – 4pm.

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