Residents urged to keep wrong items out of mixed recycling bin

Date Released - 12/10/2018

Recycle for Greater Manchester has teamed up with Tameside council to launch an informative recycling campaign for residents, urging them to keep wrong items out of their black mixed recycling bins.

Wrong items (contaminants) are frequently found in Tameside’s mixed recycling bins. Plastic bags – often containing general waste - and plastic pots, tubs and trays are just some of the things that spoil good mixed recycling. Since the beginning of the year, the high level of unwanted items in the mixed recycled has led to the rejection of tonnes of mixed recycling with bin lorries often turned away – wasting time, money and, importantly, good recycling efforts across Tameside.

The new campaign encourages residents to think carefully about what should go into mixed recycling bins. An informative ‘Are you Wheelie Getting It Right’ leaflet is being delivered to residents’ homes giving people clear recycling advice. Stickers are also being applied onto bins in October and November showing what should go into the mixed recycling bin. The sticker also has space for residents to write their house number and street so that they can keep track of their own bin.

Advertising and social media activity will also support the campaign and the Recycle for Greater Manchester campaigns team will be attending a number of local community and business events over the next few months to continue to spread the message about what can be recycled.

Councillor Alex Ganotis, Greater Manchester’s Green City lead said: “Most people want to recycle right, but are often unclear on the items that we want in the mixed recycling bin. Wrong items can contaminate lorry loads of recycling – meaning that tonnes of good recycling efforts are wasted. We all have an important part to play in recycling in Greater Manchester and residents in Tameside can really help to make a difference by thinking again about the items that they put into their recycling.”

Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council’s Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, said:  “The new campaign provides useful advice for our residents and we’re encouraging everyone to get involved and help us improve our mixed recycling. Items such as plastic pots tubs and trays and plastic bags all belong in the general waste bin where they are used to generate electricity.”

For more information on the campaign, or to book on to a free open day to see your recycling in action, visit

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