A new campaign has been launched in a bid to increase recycling efforts and reduce the amount of contamination placed in brown and green bins in Corby.
The Right Bin, Right Waste campaign has been launched by Corby Council in partnership with Northamptonshire County Council, Kier Street Services and the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership.
Yellow stickers have been placed onto the black bins to encourage people to use their recycling bin and food caddy.
An information leaflet has also been delivered across Corby.
The leaflet asks residents to help reduce contamination by recycling correctly and confirms what can and cannot be recycled.
It also tells people that Corby Council has instructed Kier to carry out more rigorous checking on the contents of bins before emptying.
Plastics bags and bin liners should not be placed in the brown bins or green bins they should be disposed of in the black bin only.
Every item placed into the wrong bin incurs additional disposal costs as contaminated loads need to be sent to landfill rather than recycled or composted.
A council spokesman said: “We’re trying our hardest to educate residents to stop this from happening.
“It is a lot cheaper to recycle materials presented in the brown bin and to send garden waste and food waste for composting than it is to send it to landfill or to pay for rejects from any of the recycling processes.”
People who have had their bins red tagged for contamination (including plastic bags) will need to remove the contamination and place their bin back out for collection on the next scheduled bin collection day.
Any excess recycling that will not fit within the brown bin should be placed into ‘clear’ plastic bags only.
These bags should be placed out for collection at the side of the brown bin on the next scheduled brown bin collection day.
Recycling put out in bags that are not clear will not be collected.
People are asked to continue to place their excess cardboard that will not fit in their brown, flattened and tied neatly beside their brown bin on collection day and it will be removed.
For more information visit www.corby.gov.uk or call the Street Scene Hotline on 01536 464242.