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Council publishes list of common ‘blue bin blunders’ committed by households in Lichfield and Burntwood

A list of ‘blue bin blunders’ has been published to ensure people put the right items out for recycling collection

Lichfield District Council has launched a crackdown on black bags being put in bins already this year – and it now wants to see other items kept out.

The list of items regularly left incorrectly in blue bins includes:

  • Animal bedding.
  • Nappies
  • Textiles
  • Food waste
  • Black bin bags

The council has warned that bins containing these items will not be collected.

Councillor David Leytham, Cabinet member for operational services, leisure and waste at Lichfield District Council, said: “We know the majority of our residents are committed to recycling and do a really good job.

“However, there are some households that continue to put non-recyclable items in their blue bins, which can contaminate whole truck-loads of recycling.

“It is in all of our interests to recycle as much as we can because it costs more to send waste to be incinerated or to landfill, and there is of course the cost to the environment.

“We hope this countdown of our top five most common blue bin mistakes will encourage local people to think about what and how they recycle and to change their ways if they have fallen into bad habits.”

To find out what should go in each bin, visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/bins.

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12 Comments

  1. wilf

    22nd February, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    Are we ok if it’s just a minor infringement though?

  2. Nodge

    22nd February, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    @wilf yes, but only if the infringement fits on the back of a fag packet.

  3. Neil Hickman

    22nd February, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Not unless your on the council wilf…

  4. Darryl Godden

    22nd February, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    I watched it unfold on Twitter.

    Riveting it was not.

  5. John Griffin

    22nd February, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    When are textiles not recyclable? Just saying. Perhaps we use a selective recycling firm? Why not have a proper scheme instead if this one?

  6. Steve

    22nd February, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Should anyone breaking the rules not be called in to see Bal Nahal, monitoring officer at Lichfield District Council, for a cup of tea and a polite word, asking them not to do it again?

    If it’s good enough for the Leader of the Council, surely, it is good enough for the rest of us.

  7. Tom Edge

    23rd February, 2019 at 7:46 am

    If Lichfield district council is so commited to recycling, why do they charge for brown bin collections. This just encourages certain people not to bother with recycling garden waste, especially as we all pay council tax already.

  8. Lisa Brindley

    23rd February, 2019 at 7:49 am

    I am an avid recycler. Thing is I have issues of pedestrians putting their dog waste in my bins and even caught the neighbours using my bins. Ive a brown bin dumped outside my property, bearing in mind i do not have a garden now full of dog poop bags. Im a bit fed up when it comes to bins because half the time they dont get emptied. Be careful who you blame LDC.

  9. Damian Poole

    23rd February, 2019 at 9:03 am

    When was the last time a black bin bags were classed as non recycling?? Are they not made of plastic??

  10. Rob

    23rd February, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    Something i have always wondered about Bin men like how do they get toilet breaks and how, when and where do they get to wash for their dinner breaks ?

  11. Jas

    24th February, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Why if Lichfield are big on recycling is it taking weeks to have a blue bin at our residency? And no local recycling centres that recycle EVERYTHING not just glass bottles and tins(Tesco’s)?

  12. Steve

    25th February, 2019 at 10:08 am

    Does any waste go to landfill? The council and Councillors seem to be giving different information.

    Cllr David Leytham, Cabinet member for operational services, leisure and waste, said rejected loads needed to be sent to landfill, which is a more costly alternative.

    https://lichfieldlive.co.uk/2018/12/11/stickers-being-used-to-tell-lichfield-and-burntwood-residents-not-to-put-black-bags-in-blue-recycling-bins/

    Waste to landfill
    We do not directly send any waste or recycling to landfill – domestic waste that cannot be recycled is sent to be incinerated. We do not recycle textiles – we encourage residents to take unwanted textiles to the local household recycling centre or a charity shop.

    https://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/Council/Freedom-of-information/Waste-and-recycling.aspx