Bin fines are just rumours

PUBLISHED: 07:18 31 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:49 31 May 2010

THE introduction of three bin recycling is proving to be a success. Already our recycling rates are up to over 30per cent and we are slashing the amount of biodegradable material we send to council tips. These environmental benefits will be even greate

THE introduction of three bin recycling is proving to be a success. Already our recycling rates are up to over 30per cent and we are slashing the amount of biodegradable material we send to council tips.

These environmental benefits will be even greater once three bin recycling is up and running in all parts of the district.

Two issues are being raised again and again, so I would like to take this opportunity to set the record straight.

Firstly, some people appear to be confused by which plastics can be recycled. Our policy is in effect unchanged - we still only recycle the 'soft' plastics (these are those numbered 1-3 in the recycling logo).

These are mainly bottles but there are now more products (such as soft fruit punnets) that are being made from these recyclable plastics.

We want people to recycle these too if possible, but if people are having problems identifying the numbers - don't worry - just stick to the rule of thumb - plastic bottles (minus caps) can be recycled, other plastics can't.

Secondly, a number of rumours are circulating that people will be fined if they get the wrong items in the wrong bin.

This is not true. Although the council has the power to impose fines under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act we prefer a sympathetic approach as we understand some people will take some time getting used to the new arrangements.

To help we have produced a comprehensive guide on recycling in Uttlesford, including what goes in which bin, which is being sent to every household.

If any reader wants help or advice on any of these issues they can call the council's recycling hotline on 01799 510344.

Cllr Alan Thawley

Chair Environment Committee

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