Redcar and Cleveland Council is to roll out a monitoring system
Redcar and Cleveland Council is to roll out a monitoring system on the waste put in blue bins and caddies. Letters have since been sent to all residents to announce the move, and explain how it will work – with a tagging system to be put into force.
People who contaminate their bins with incorrect items will also be visited by a member of the recycling team, who will talk to them about the issue.
"Your blue recycling bin and caddy will be monitored to make sure you are putting the correct items in your bin," the letter reads.
Letters have been sent to all residents
"Bins found to be contaminated with incorrect items will be issued with either an amber or red tag, depending on the amount of contamination witnessed.
"Bins issued with an amber tag that contain few incorrect items will still be emptied.
"However, bins which are heavily contaminated will receive a red tag and will be emptied for the first two monitoring collections, at which point an informal discussion will be held, in order to identify the incorrect items which are causing the bins to be contaminated and ensure that they are placed in the correct wheeled bin moving forwards.
People who contaminate their bins will be visited by a member of the recycling team
"However, after this period they will not be emptied."
Cllr Alec Brown, neighbourhoods spokesman, said: "We have completed the pilot scheme and are in the process of pulling together our evaluation and next steps.
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"Early indications show that the scheme has been highly successful and has resulted in an increase in recycling and decrease in contamination.
The pilot scheme is completed
"Due to the success of the scheme we are looking at how we can roll this out across the whole of the borough.
"In the meantime, due to the trial's success, and in order to keep up momentum, we will be using some of the same principles to increase our engagement in other parts of the borough with the aim of rolling it out across the whole of Redcar and Cleveland."