Walsall Binspector blitz sees contamination halve

The number of ‘contaminated’ bins in a Black Country borough has almost halved since a controversial recycling crackdown was launched, figures have revealed.

Staff inspecting bins in Walsall to ensure people are recycling properly
Staff inspect bins in Walsall to ensure people are recycling properly

Thousands of bins have gone uncollected in Walsall since a zero-tolerance approach to collecting containers with the wrong rubbish was introduced almost 18 months ago.

Walsall Council bosses say the contamination rate over the last 12 months has averaged nine per cent of all bins collected.

This is significantly below the peak of 17 per cent in 2012, which helped prompt the crackdown leading to bins being checked before they were emptied.

The authority have said despite the reduction they are continuing to take steps to ensure the correct materials are set aside for recycling.

In a report to the council, environment chief councillor Mohammed Arif said: “As with all councils, we continue to experience contamination in our recycling collections.

“The contamination rate over the last 12 months has averaged at approximately nine per cent of all bins collected. This remains significantly below the peak of around 17 per cent in 2012.

“Nevertheless, we are continuing with our efforts to work with these residents to help them recycle the correct materials and are in discussions with Walsall Housing Group about what help they can provide where those residents are tenants of theirs.”

The crackdown was launched in Walsall in November 2012 and a similar stance has also been adopted in Wolverhampton.

Comments for: "Walsall Binspector blitz sees contamination halve"

markie

I suggest that we all put all our rubbish in the landfill bin and let the council sort it all themselves, lets face it we pay them enough.

These inspectors could spend their time sorting rubbish rather than the ridiculous job they do now. I've now stopped recycling.

dingleriddle

What makes me laugh is if you call the council about the green bin, they insist you only pay for the grey(household) to be removed. therefore we dont pay anything for that bin. I am all for recylcing as and when, but to condemn a bin for one misplaced item?? The council needs to realise we are not recycling experts. we are human

JohnWishbear

I'm sure I heard somewhere that the logistics of recycling pollutes more and outweighs the recycling itself.

Optimistic

The above attitudes are the reason the rubbish is inspected in the first place, it's not rocket science to put the correct rubbish in the correct bins. I suppose you don't care if the council gets fined for sending too much to landfill either. It's also people with similar attitudes who drop all the litter and chewing gum in the street in certain areas and make the whole place look like a tip.

I believe that the system in Walsall is brilliant and allows us to easily dispose of all our house and garden rubbish. If we all used them correctly and took our rubbish home, the town would be a much more pleasant place to live.

No I don't work for the council, I just live in a nice street with neat and tidy people.

markie

Why are we supposed to take recycling seriously if the council doesn't.?

They don't sort the litter in the litter bins!

Crell

"It's also people with similar attitudes who drop all the litter and chewing gum in the street in certain areas and make the whole place look like a tip." So people who mix their waste are prone to dropping litter and gum in the streets?? I bet they wear two left shoes, also.

Crell

Oh wow. Someone didn't like me referring to Walsall as a wet (insert common name for breaking wind). I stand by my comments. I've been to this town. I've walked it's streets.. Council needs to clean itself up before it lectures others.

Margaret Hamilton

I'd like clarification from Walsall Council on what "Contamination" actually means in this context, you shouldn't assume that everybody understands your lingo, or is aware of the recent crackdown. Does it mean, for example, putrefying food in containers in the recycling bin, or does it mean crisp bags in with the paper?