Plastic bags are ruining your recycling

East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) needs your help to combat contamination, by not putting plastic bags in recycling bins.

When a non-recyclable item is put in a recycling bin, the materials are said to be ‘contaminated’ and have to go to landfill instead of being recycled.


Plastic bags can not be recycled in East Northamptonshire, and they are contaminating more and more recycling bins.


To raise awareness of this problem, ENC’s waste officers will be monitoring waste contents alongside collection crews, over a period of several months.


The collection crew and officers will ‘red tag’ contaminated bins and leave a letter outlining the issue and how to deal with the problem for next collection.


Waste Manager at ENC, Charlotte Tompkins, said: “It’s so disheartening when a plastic bag is spotted in the recycling because it means all the efforts gone in to collecting the recycling has been undone. We simply can’t take recycling in that form, and it’s not safe for our crew members to sift through the bins to pick out the rubbish.


“There are so many other ways to re-use the 5p bags you buy at the supermarkets. Rather than as bin bags, why not keep using them for your shopping?”


Remind yourself what goes in the recycling bin.

4 thoughts on “Plastic bags are ruining your recycling

  • 30th April 2018 at 9:39 pm

    So if they aren’t rooting through the bins, how do they know these bags are in them?
    And given there can’t be many bags to a bin, why not just pull the damn things out and be done with it.
    It’s rules for rules sake. And councils just love a bloody rule!

  • 2nd May 2018 at 1:03 pm

    I’m more concerned with my brown bin not getting emptied to be honest… the collection company and ENC reps are ridiculous… I complained last week so they visited Monday and ref a red tag. … we didn’t have one , confirmed on his ” search ” of the bin that it wasn’t contaminated … well observed … then dropped some household waist sacks through the door …imagine if I was stupid enough to fill them with garden waist and present them with the brown bin next week which clearly I won’t because they would bloody rip anyway … now been on phone 30 mins to be told sed person is non contactable as may be on lunch … nobody is non contactable these days unless they don’t want to sort a problem… ENC sort it out … by the way the lady on the phone is lovely …


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