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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Wrong waste in bins costs Cumbrian council thousands

A reminder has been issued to Allerdale residents that only garden waste should be put in garden bins.

Michael Heaslip  photo
Michael Heaslip

The council said there have been some occasions recently where garden waste material was contaminated by incorrectly disposed of non-garden waste items such as cat litter, kitchen waste, rubble, bricks and soil.

If contaminated garden waste is accidently sent for composting it could cost the council hundreds of pounds for each contaminated load.

The only items that should be put in garden waste bins are grass, leaves, dead plants, hedge clippings, fruit, weeds, and flowers.

Anything else should be disposed of through normal household waste bins, recycled in purple bags, or taken to a household waste recycling site.

Councillor Michael Heaslip, Allerdale council’s executive member for locality services, said: “It costs the council valuable time and money each year to separate incorrectly disposed of waste, which could be put to much better use.

“Something like dog mess being thrown in one bin can contaminate the entire load and can easily be avoided by people taking a little more care and attention with their waste.”

He added: “Garden bins should be used for garden waste only and anyone found to be incorrectly using these bins may face having their bin removed.

“We appreciate the ongoing co-operation of the public with this issue.”

Further information can be found on the council’s website, www.allerdale.gov.uk/recycling or by phoning the customer service centre on 01900 702800.

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