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Published Thursday, 18 February 2016

Toilet Seats, nappies and DVD players might sound like some very random objects - but these are just some of the unwanted items which are being put into recycling bins in the borough putting recycling in Enfield in jeopardy.

Recycle Enfield Council operates a kerbside recycling service for cardboard and paper, rinsed food tins and drinks cans, clean glass bottles and jars and some types of plastic food packaging. Plus a separate green lidded bin for garden and food materials.

It’s been enthusiastically embraced by Enfield residents with a large amount of waste being recycled or composted in recent years. But some people are a little too keen and are putting items in their blue bins which can't be accepted such as textiles and electrical equipment, leading to increased disposal costs and loads being rejected for recycling.

The Council is now reminding people to ‘check before you chuck’ and to make sure the right items go into the correct bins – especially if they're unsure.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: "Enfield’s residents have embraced our drive to recycle items they no longer want, but sometimes this enthusiasm can lead to people putting items in their recycling bins that we cannot accept.

"If contamination of this nature goes above a certain level, loads can be rejected by our contractor meaning that none of the material is recycled and the good work of those who have recycled correctly is undone.

“Worse still, each contaminated load rejected costs taxpayers over £400, which is instead sent for disposal, so it is essential that residents think before they deposit items into their blue bins.

"As for their green lidded bin, this is only for food and garden waste, such as grass, leaves, twigs etc. and nothing else.

“We have sent leaflets to every household with advice on what residents can recycle and compost and this information is also available on our website, but the simple message is – if in doubt, leave it out."

Acceptable items for the blue lidded bin include glass bottles and jars; plastic bottles, pots, rinsed tubs and food trays; rinsed food tins and drinks cans;  cartons and cardboard packaging. These items should be empty of food and drink, clean and dry so that the cardboard doesn't soak up moisture and clog up the machinery in the recycling process.

We would also request that items are not put into the blue lidded bins inside black sacks as the plastic bags themselves are not recyclable.

Full details of what can be recycled – and which bin or bag it should go in – are available at link  and any items not listed should be placed in the black waste bin or disposed of at a household waste recycling centre.

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