Almost 9,000 bins in Wolverhampton went uncollected in the space of two months because they contained the wrong kind of rubbish. They were left unemptied as part of a council crackdown which has seen workers check recycling rubbish in residents’ bins.
However council bosses said it was having the desired effect - as the figures have fallen. There were 4,300 bins which went uncollected in August and 4,652 in September, down from 6,774 when the crackdown was first launched in July.
Bins found to be contaminated with items such as electrical items, nappies, textiles and food are being left unemptied for another two weeks.
A sticker is placed on the bins and a card posted through the door advising householders to separate their waste properly.
Wolverhampton City Council says incorrect items placed in the recycling bins can slow down the recycling process as the plant in Leicester where it is sent.
Councillor John Reynolds, cabinet member for city services, said: “We’re very grateful to all residents for taking that bit extra care in what they put in their black recycling bin.
“It means that we can process far more of the recyclable waste we collect from households every week.
“This in turn helps to cut the economic and environmental costs of incinerated waste.”
Councillor Reynolds also thanked those residents who were correctly recycling their waste.
“Wolverhampton residents are enthusiastic recyclers with 95 per cent using the service and the council’s really grateful for their continued co-operation.”
Since the launch of the crackdown, the amount of contaminated waste from the city’s 1960,000 households has fallen by 42 per cent.
In July, 417 tonnes of collected recycling could not be recycled.
In August, this fell to 396 tonnes and by September was 241 tonnes.
Walsall Council has also been holding a similar crackdown, brought in by council chiefs in November last year.
Almost 17,500 bins were left between May and August, according to recent figures.
Wolverhampton City Council has pledged to continue weekly brown bin rubbish collections for the next five years despite the sweeping cuts which are being made by the local authority.
The council landed a slice of a government grant to help protect the weekly services.
Ideas to make the service more efficient are now being looked at including the best routes to use and checking records on the number of households using the service.