Please pick your plastics

PLASTICS PLEA: Coun. Robert Thompson (left) with Ribble Valley Borough Council's waste management officer, Peter McGeorge.
PLASTICS PLEA: Coun. Robert Thompson (left) with Ribble Valley Borough Council's waste management officer, Peter McGeorge.

A CAMPAIGN to improve domestic recycling has been launched by Ribble Valley Borough Council.

Stickers are being placed on the lids of blue wheelie bins advising householders what can and cannot be recycled.

Posters are also being displayed on the sides of Ribble Valley Borough Council refuse collection vehicles outlining the dos and don’ts of recycling.

Domestic recycling is increasing in Ribble Valley, but markets for recycled plastic are limited.

Coun. Robert Thompson, chairman of the council’s community committee, said: “The market will currently only accept plastic bottles, but no other plastic containers, such as pots, trays and carrier bags. While most plastic containers now carry a recycling symbol, there are no local markets or sorting facilities for them.

“Collection calendars delivered to each home in Ribble Valley contain information on what can and cannot be placed in blue wheelie bins, but we have noticed an increasing amount of non-recyclable material being placed in them. If this continues, the markets will reject the loads and, as well as losing income, the material will have to be disposed of entirely in landfill.”

Many residents are still not aware that aerosols and cleaned foil, including foil containers, can be placed in blue wheelie bins.

Coun. Thompson added: “Ribble Valley Borough Council is committed to continually improving recycling and we would like to thank residents for their co-operation in this matter.”