SORTING areas have been set up at Wiltshire recycling centres as data showed more than a third of items put in rubbish skips could have been reused.
Wiltshire Council is urging residents to sort their materials before visiting the county’s Household Recycling Centres (HRCs).
Council data shows more than a third of the items put in the general rubbish skips at Wiltshire HRCs could have been recycled, a spokesperson said, with designated sorting areas now rolled out at all centres.
The areas aim to give people an opportunity and the space to sort their materials out at the centre if they did not have the time beforehand, helping to ensure that as many items as possible are recycled.
Cllr Nick Holder, cabinet member for environment, said: “We know how tempting it might be to just put things in a bin bag so that they can be thrown into the household waste container at our centres, but that means we’re not recycling as much as we should be.
“We’re asking people to take extra time and care when sorting out their materials before they visit their local HRC so that as much as possible can be recycled – which is more important now than ever before.
“Those who visit our HRCs clearly have good intentions, but more than a third of what’s put in the household waste skips could have been recycled, so it’s vital we all go that extra mile.
“Staff at the sites are on hand to help provide advice and assistance to anyone who sorts their waste at one of our new designated areas.
“People have responded so positively to our Let’s Sort It campaign so far and we thank them once again for their support in ensuring our Household Recycling Centres can recycle as much of Wiltshire’s waste as possible.”
Over the past year, the council has:
• Increased messaging to advise residents on what materials goes into each household bin.
• Rolled out small battery collection as part of its kerbside service.
• Commenced a new kerbside recycling service so small rechargeable electrical items can now be collected.