Harrow Council have announced a milestone in its recycling initiatives, revealing a 50% reduction in contamination within the dry recycling stream, dropping from 26% to 13% over the past six months (April to October).
Despite this achievement, the council stresses the importance of continued efforts to enhance recycling practices across the borough.
Contaminated recycling poses a challenge, encompassing items unfit for recycling or tainted by food or grease. The consequences of improper disposal are substantial, potentially rendering entire batches of recycling non-recyclable. Common contaminants identified in Harrow include food, textiles, black sacks, and nappies, with the disposal of such items costing the council an average of £300,000.
Among the prevalent contaminants, food waste, primarily resulting from inadequately rinsed packaging, stands out as a significant concern. Harrow Council noted the simple act of rinsing containers before placing them in recycling bins as a step to maintain the integrity of recyclable materials such as paper and cardboard.
Cllr Stephen Greek, Cabinet Member for Performance, Communications & Customer Experience, said, “This is positive news, recycling is great for the environment and helps save money.
“I know there is still more we can do to increase our recycling and reduce contamination in our recycled waste. This is a common issue across London which affects costs, recycling performance and the quality of recycling.
“It’s so important to put the right thing in the right bin. There is plenty of information on our website about what we accept– and of course you have our recycling centre, free for Harrow residents to use.
“We have also recently created a new recycling team who are already doing some fantastic work to engage with residents in our hotspot areas. Over the next year you’ll see them around the borough where you’ll have plenty of opportunities to ask them questions about recycling and pick up lots of helpful information.”
The council has recently established a dedicated recycling team tasked with engaging residents in hotspot areas in Harrow, aiming to raise awareness and provide information on proper recycling practices.
Over the coming year, the team will be visible throughout the borough, offering opportunities for residents to seek advice and gather valuable information on effective recycling.
Residents seeking detailed guidelines on waste disposal and recycling methods in Harrow are encouraged to visit the Council’s website.