More items now being recycled by North Tyneside Council

More plastic waste can be recycled in North Tyneside.

Monday, 3rd February 2020, 9:00 am
More items are now being recycled by North Tyneside Council.

North Tyneside Council has added plastic tubs, pots and trays to its new recycling contract – items that previously had to be thrown away.

The local authority has pledged to reduce the number of single-use plastics used in all council-owned buildings and residents are recycling more of their household waste than ever before.

Residents are being urged to help make the new service a success by removing any film and giving the pots, tubs and trays a quick rinse to get rid of all food residue.

Black plastic, which cannot be recognised by the optical sorting systems used in most recycling plants, is not accepted and should be placed in the household waste bin as normal.

Mayor Norma Redfearn CBE welcomed the news, saying: “When our previous recycling contract came to an end, we saw an opportunity to expand the range of items that people can recycle at home.

“We took the views of local people onboard and I am delighted that we have been able to find a way to recycle more in North Tyneside.

“Recycling these new plastics is very simple but we do ask people to help us recycle as much as possible by scraping out any food residue and giving the items a quick rinse before placing them in their grey bin.”

The expanded range of recyclables is covered by a new contract between North Tyneside Council and North East waste management firm J&B.