December 13, 2016 12.13 pm This story is over 83 months old

Leftovers in recycling items cost Lincolnshire councils £1m per year

The price of ‘chilli con carnage’

Food and waste leftovers contaminating recycling bins in Lincolnshire are costing local councils some £1 million per year.

It is currently costing the Lincolnshire Waste Partnership (county and district authorities) an average of £347 for every contaminated lorry across their eight sites, including Lincoln.

Between April 2015 and March 2016, the partnership collected 11,500 lorry loads equalling 72,000 tonnes of recycling.

Around 2,877 of these lorry loads were contaminated, equating to just under £1 million in cleaning costs.

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