Bin inspectors hit the streets to clean up recycling habits

Inspectors seek recycling wrongs

LOUISE BERWICK
Last updated 05:00 06/12/2013
Lee Boyd and Samantha Tulett
JOHN HAWKINS/ Fairfax NZ

CLEAN UP: Lee Boyd and Samantha Tulett are on the look out for items placed in recycling bins that shouldn't be.

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Some Southland residents have tried recycling garden waste, nappies and even dog poo.

But they are not going to get away with it for much longer.

WasteNet has employed two new staff members to help patrol and check recycling bins for the next two months.

WasteNet Southland senior waste officer Donna Peterson said that during the past couple of months there had been concerns about the amount of contamination in recycling bins, so the organisation had launched a new programme.

The programme, called the Summer Recycling Bin Inspection Programme, hit the streets a fortnight ago and would continue until the middle of February, she said.

The team of four start at 6am each day, going through people's recycling bins to ensure they are complying.

If they meet the standards, they get emptied, Ms Peterson said.

But the people who have used the bin for general rubbish will find their bins tagged and not emptied, she said.

WasteNet waste officer assistant Samantha Tulett said she had discovered a variety of things in the bins, including one with vomit throughout it.

Generally, though, people were not too bad, she said.

Waste officer assistant Lee Boyd said Lumsden was so far the best town at getting its recycling right, while Riverton was the worst.

However, the real test would be next week when they started their circuit again to see whether people had improved, she said. "I guess we will find out how successful the programme has been when we do the rounds again."

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