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Help us to reduce contamination in our household waste collections

Bins, recycling and waste

21 June 2023

A circular sticker placed on a refuse bin with three coloured segments

Residents are urged to help West Northamptonshire Council tackle contamination in household waste collections.

From Tuesday, 20 June waste crews will be rolling out bin stickers which highlight the correct use of waste and recycling bins to households across West Northamptonshire.

The stickers support three campaigns which aim to raise awareness of what people can and can’t put into their bins for collection, in a bid to reduce contamination in household collections, improve the quality of our recycling and maintain the safety of crews and residents by ensuring batteries are disposed of correctly.

The stickers will be placed on top of all general waste bins, with clear instructions on what cannot go into that bin, as follows

  • No Batteries, use separate collection
  • No Food Waste, use your food caddy
  • No Recyclables, use your recycling bin

From Tuesday 20 June and into July, the stickers will be distributed by crews to every household across West Northants. There is nothing which you need to do because of this, other than follow the instruction on the sticker.

Too much of the wrong stuff in the wrong bin can cause the whole load of our waste trucks to be rejected for recycling, as well as pose a serious safety risk, in particular batteries that can cause fires in our collection vehicles. We want to ensure that all residents are aware of the risks of not disposing of batteries correctly and to know how they can safely recycle them.  We know residents want to recycle waste, and they need to know how they can support us in reducing contamination by putting the right stuff in the right bin so that we recycle more.Cllr Phil Larratt, Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport, Highways and Waste at WNC

There is a handy guide on our website and app which provides information on how items can be disposed of.

Download the West Northants App either through the Play or Apple Store for handy reminders for when to put out your bins and for detailed guidance for what can go in each bin.

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