New scheme to help recycling launched in Potters Bar

PUBLISHED: 17:12 20 February 2017 | UPDATED: 17:12 20 February 2017

Hertsmere Council is set to launch a new scheme to boost recycling

Hertsmere Council is set to launch a new scheme to boost recycling

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Hertsmere Council has launched a new recycling scheme to help solve residents' confusion.

Over the next few weeks stickers will be placed on over 40,000 bins throughout Hertsmere to remind people to put their paper waste in the blue boxes.

Last year, 580 tonnes of paper was put in black bins, which is for residual waste, and 25 tonnes was placed in the mixed recycling brown bin, while 2,280 tonnes was correctly recycled.

Councillor Seamus Quilty, portfolio holder for environment, said: “Our aim is to reduce the confusion surrounding paper recycling, which currently means that approximately 500 bins are contaminated by paper each week.”

“Over 600 tonnes of paper has not been recycled because it’s been put in the wrong bin, but it also means that 26,000 bins are contaminated and are either not collected or diverted to landfill.

“The stickers will remind residents about where to put their paper waste.”

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