“Confused” residents could be told to recycle fewer items after costing council bosses £500,000 by putting the wrong kind of rubbish in their bins.
BBC News Tyne & Wear has reported the following story:
“Newcastle City Council said it was considering limiting its efforts to a small number of items that are “very clearly able to be recycled”.
The local authority must cover the cost of removing the wrong type of rubbish, such as nappies or food waste.
Contamination can also result in recycling being sent to landfill.
Nick Kemp, cabinet member for the environment, told a scrutiny panel meeting on Thursday: “It is quite a complicated area for something that should be very simple. We are looking at a revised strategy.
“We are looking at potentially identifying a smaller number of items that are very clearly able to be recycled.
“It may mean that more items that could be recycled actually go to landfill, but there would be less contamination.”
In March it was revealed contamination issues cost the authority half a million pounds in 2017/18.”
The above news item was reported on 26 October 2018 by BBC News Tyne & Wear and you can read the story on their website.
See also our earlier news story on Newcastle City Council waste strategy consultation