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Binning it right in Swinley
Tuesday 17th December, 2013

Binning it right in Swinley
Councillor Kevin Anderson joined by recycling officers and special guest Shaun Wane and children from ECO Schools Woodfield and Mabs Cross.

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

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 or refer to the recycling calendar.

Councillor Kevin Anderson, Wigan Council’s cabinet member for the environment, attended the recycling event. He said: “Last week’s event proved popular with shoppers who were shown where the products in their trolleys would go once used. It was clear after speaking to them that there was a bit of confusion. I always tell residents to keep it simple – if in doubt, pop it in the black bin to avoid contaminating your recycling.

“Our recycling rates are gradually improving, but there’s still a long way to go if we’re going to reach our targets. I’d like to thank residents for taking the time to recycle.”

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