Visit the recycling centre
Wednesday September 11, 2013
Residents are being invited on a free trip to the local recycling centre this month.
Following on from successful trips earlier this year, Hammersmith & Fulham Council is offering residents the chance to see what happens to their recycling after it’s been collected by the council.
Places are available for a tour on Friday September 27 to the material recovery facility (MRF) in Smugglers Way, Wandsworth, where recycling from the borough’s Smart Banks and Smart Sacks is sorted and separated.
The tour starts at 10.30am and lasts an hour and a half. Free transport will be available from Hammersmith Town Hall, King Street, at 10am, returning to the same point at around 12.30pm.
The maximum number of people per tour is 10 and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and contact details.
The tour comes as residents in H&F begin receiving new clear sacks for their recycling, which is hoped will reduce the amount of contaminated recycling – waste that can’t be recycled – found in residents’ sacks. Contaminated recycling is incredibly expensive to dispose of.
It costs £24.50 to recycle a tonne of clean and dry recycling, while it costs five times as much to incinerate the same amount of rubbish, at £145, while it costs a staggering £169.50 to get rid of a tonne of contaminated recyclables.
Cllr Greg Smith, cabinet member for residents’ services and deputy leader of H&F Council, said: “H&F has one of the lowest council tax charges in the country and we want to keep it that way. The council has to pay nearly seven times as much to incinerate a tonne of contaminate recycling than to recycle a tonne of clean and dry recycling. That’s even more than it costs to incinerate a black bag of rubbish! So our message to residents is simple – they can stop burning their money by recycling properly.
“At the moment, some residents are putting the wrong items in their recycling sacks and if contamination spreads throughout the whole load then absolutely nothing can be recycled – it’s such a waste. The clear sack is going to make it even easier for people to recycle as you can see exactly what you are putting in the sack, and if everyone recycles correctly, that will mean huge savings for the council and, ultimately, for our taxpayers.
“A tour of the MRF is a real eye-opener to the amount of waste that is thrown away every day, and I hope as many residents as possible sign up for these interesting visits.”
Some items, like shredded paper, clothes or plastic bags are not easily recycled, as they can cause problems like getting caught in machinery or contaminate other recyclable materials.
Once recycling has been organised into groups of materials, using a variety of high-tech equipment, it is then sent to processing facilities to be made into new products – anything from glass jars and bottles to clothing like fleece jackets and hats, or fibre filling for sleeping bags and duvets.
The following items, which must be clean and dry, can be recycled at Smart Banks or in the clear Smart Sacks:
- Paper, card and cardboard
- Glass bottles and jars
- Cans, tins and empty aerosols
- Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays, including yoghurt pots
Please remember to keep the following items out:
- Shredded paper
- Electricals and cables
- Clothes, shoes and textiles
- Food waste
- All plastics not listed above e.g. bags and film
Smart Sacks and Smart Banks should not be used for normal rubbish, and residents using Smart Banks should put their items in loose, using a reusable bag rather than using black sacks or plastic bags.
For more information on what you can and can’t recycle, visit: www.lbhf.gov.uk/recycle.
For more information on the recycling plant at Smugglers Way, visit: http://bit.ly/11w5m4j.