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Residents are being urged to ensure they put the right thing in the right bin to help reduce the amount of recycling which ends up being lost due to contamination.

Every year about ten per cent of the items put in green bins by households in Redditch have to be sent for incineration instead of being turned into new products. This is because it either contains too many things which are non-recyclable or good recyclable materials have been spoiled by liquids, grease or food waste.

The top five items Redditch residents most often incorrectly put in their green bin over the last 12 months are:

  • Clothing/shoes
  • Food waste
  • Nappies
  • Household items (including a hot water bottle, photo frame, mop head)
  • Wood

Residents can help ensure all the contents of their green bin ends up being sent for recycling by following these top tips:

  • Rinse items and put them in the bin loose, not in carrier bags.
  • Only put in non-black plastic pots, tubs, bottles and trays - any other plastic item needs to be kept out of your green bin – including soft plastics such as carrier and bread bags.
  • Food waste should go in your black bin or try and reduce it by following tips at
  • Only metal drinks, food and aerosol cans are accepted in the green bin, all other metal can be taken to a Household Recycling Centre (tip).
  • Donate clothing and other fashion accessories to charity, sell them or pass them on to friends/family or put into a clothing bank.
  • Nappies, used or otherwise, should always go in the black bin.

Cllr Brandon Clayton, whose portfolio covers Environmental Services, said: “We are really pleased with how our residents have embraced recycling and are trying their best to do the right thing. Unfortunately we still have big issues with contamination and non-recyclables being put into green bins.

“It’s clear that most residents have tried and are keen for items to be recycled but occasionally misunderstand where and how these things can be recycled as they can’t always be put in you kerbside collection. Sadly, there is also a small minority of residents who use their green bins as normal waste and therefore spoil it for those residents who do recycle properly.
“I would urge all residents to check the Lets Waste Less website for the correct materials to put into green bins and we’ll also be directly contacting all households with information about what can and can’t go in their bins in the near future. But, if in doubt, leave it out”.

Visit Lets Waste Less for more information about what can and cannot go in the green recycling bin as well as tips on how to reduce your waste.