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Can i recycle..

Last Modified November 13, 2017
We all have the ‘which bin’ moment. So, to help residents, Hertsmere Borough Council will be highlighting common contamination mistakes through their social media channels. 

These posts will tackle everything from crisp packets to tissues, in a bid to reduce confusion surrounding many everyday items. 

Councillor Seamus Quilty, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “It’s important that our residents are well-informed about our waste and recycling service. 

“If we notice a trend or common mistake that is leading to contamination in our recycling bins, then we will try to raise awareness of that issue and inform our residents. 

“I’d encourage people to follow our main social media channels, as we communicate reminders, information and tips about our household waste collections each week.” 

The first item on the contamination hit list is crisp packets, which are not recyclable and should be thrown away into your black rubbish bin. 

Cllr Quilty, adds: “It’s simple to see why these items are confusing. Although the inside of the packet is shiny and looks like foil, it is in fact a metallised plastic film. This type of material is not currently recycled and should not be put in your recycling bin. 

“Our advice is to do the scrunch test. Simply scrunch the item in your hand - if it remains 'scrunched' it is foil and, as long as it isn't dirty and covered in grease, it can be recycled; if it springs back it is probably metallised plastic film and not recyclable.” 

Each week Hertsmere Borough Council issues collection reminders, tips and advice through our social media channels: follow us on Twitter @HertsmereBC or like us on Facebook/Hertsmere. Alternatively, sign up to receive our FREE ‘News for You’ e-alerts through our website: www.hertsmere.gov.uk.
Posted on Monday 13th November 2017

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