Perth & Kinross Council are appealing to residents to participate in their new ‘Stick to the Six’ initiative to correctly identify items recycled in blue kerbside bins.
Despite operating successfully for years, during lockdown there has been an increase in the amount of contamination in blue bins.
Perth & Kinross Council’s Head of Environment and Consumer Services, Mark Butterworth, said:
“We are asking residents to work with us to create a better place to live and work for us all.
“When residents ‘Stick to the Six’ they help us by saving us money that could be better spent elsewhere and help the environment at the same time.
“We know that climate change is an important issue to people across Perth and Kinross so we hope this reminder will help people play their part in tackling such an important issue.
“No one is perfect and a small amount of contamination in our blue bins is to be expected but if we work together, we can make a real difference to the environment and the cost to the council.
The rate of contamination peaked in November at 29% and across the lockdown period averaged at 22.4% which resulted in Perth & Kinross Council paying an additional £50,000 in penalties for reprocessing the removal and disposal of contamination.
Mr Butterworth added:
“Contamination harms the environment, costs money and ruins the good work done by those who recycle properly.
“That’s why householders should remember to Stick to the Six and only recycle paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, plastic containers, cans and cartons.”
The six main materials that should be recycled in blue bins are bottles, cans, cardboard, cartons, plastic bottles & plastic containers and paper.
As well as the financial cost of the contamination, other households properly recycled waste efforts can be wasted due to exposure to items disposed of incorrectly.
This in turn contributes to climate change as waste that could have been recycled has to be disposed of instead.
So far, around 23,000 homes services by Friarton and Blairgowrie Depot have received an informational leaflet encouraging them to ‘Stick to the Six’.
Additional actions are planned for later in the year when COVID restrictions have eased which will involve a communication campaign with householders at their doorstep to help provide tips and advice on how to improve recycling.
For a full list of what can be recycled, please visit: https://www.pkc.gov.uk/bluebin and for more information on the ‘Stick to the Six’ initiative, please visit Perth & Kinross Councils dedicated web page at: https://www.pkc.gov.uk/sticktothesix